Nationally Accredited Primary Stroke Center in Inverness, Florida

With every passing second during a stroke, your chances increase for significant brain damage or even death.

The neurological experts at Citrus Memorial Hospital are trained to provide rapid, life-saving stroke treatment. This can reduce, or even prevent, loss of brain function during a stroke.

Additionally, our nationally accredited Primary Stroke Center is committed to educating Citrus County on how to recognize the signs of stroke and reduce risk factors for stroke to help save lives.

If you are experiencing or witnessing stroke symptoms call 911. If you cannot call 911, have someone else drive you to the nearest emergency room immediately.

To learn more about stroke prevention and recovery, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team any time at (352) 637-3337.

Nationally approved Primary Stroke Center

Citrus Memorial Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval for outstanding stroke treatment and been designated an accredited Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the leading healthcare accrediting agency in the U.S. This distinction is awarded only to those programs that comply with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care. It is given to those who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in providing primary stroke center services.

Types of stroke

The two primary types of stroke are ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.

When the brain's blood flow is obstructed, an ischemic stroke (caused by clots) occurs. Ischemic strokes account for 87 percent of all strokes, according to the American Stroke Association.

When a blood vessel in the brain bursts, a hemorrhagic stroke (caused by bleeding) occurs. Aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), two types of weakened blood vessels, are caused by hemorrhagic strokes. The most common cause of hemorrhagic strokes is uncontrolled high blood pressure.

Other types of stroke include:

A mini-stroke, also known as a transient ischemic attack, occurs when a temporary blood clot obstructs blood flow to the brain. This is called a "warning stroke" and should be taken seriously.

Strokes with undetermined causes are called cryptogenic strokes.

Stroke symptoms

Knowing the signs of a stroke could help save a life. Symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Abrupt onset of confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden double vision or trouble with vision
  • Abrupt onset of dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache

Use the F.A.S.T. method for recognizing stroke symptoms in others:

F = Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A = Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T = Time: If you observe any of these signs, it's time to call 911.

Risk factors for stroke

There are two types of risk factors for stroke: those you can't change or control and those you can.

The risk factors for stroke you can't change are:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • History of prior stroke incidents
  • Race

The risk factors you can change are:

Reducing stroke risk factors

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of stroke is to work closely with your healthcare provider. Certain treatments and medications may be useful for patients who have already had a stroke.

You'll also need to make changes in your daily life, which include stopping smoking, increasing physical activity, eating a healthier diet and limiting your alcohol intake.

High blood pressure is the greatest controllable risk factor for stroke, so have your blood pressure checked regularly.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation after stroke

After experiencing a stroke, your entire life can change. Physical therapy and rehabilitation can help you through these major changes. You may have to learn how to walk again, how to perform basic daily tasks or to regain motor function.

Our highly skilled team of compassionate physical therapists and rehabilitative specialists will design a tailored recovery program just for you. They will guide you to reach your maximum abilities and help you regain your independence.

We use advanced technology, equipped to optimize balance and overall recovery for patients who have had strokes.