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Ask an Expert: Can you have a stroke and not know it?

Q: Is it possible to have a stroke and not know it, like if you're sleeping or the symptoms are mild?

Ask an Expert: Homocysteine, vitamins and stroke prevention

Q: A friend of mine is taking folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements to lower her homocysteine levels and help prevent a stroke. What exactly is homocysteine? Should I be taking vitamin supplements if I’m worried about having a stroke?

Ask an Expert: Is it a stroke, or something else?

Q: If you have only one symptom of a stroke, or only mild symptoms, how do you know it’s a stroke and not something else? Will symptoms eventually appear that make it clear you've had a stroke? What other conditions cause stroke-like symptoms?

Ask an Expert: Stress and stroke risk

Q: I’ve read that stress can increase your risk of having a stroke. Does this warning relate only to anxiety experienced during times of crisis or extend to everyday stress as well?

Ask an Expert: Stroke vs. TIA

“Is a TIA truly a stroke, or is it caused by other problems? What is the process for finding a good specialist?"

Forms Instructions

Know your stroke risk

Take this short test to determine your risk of stroke. You'll need to know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Neuro bi-plane technology gets even more precise

Providence Portland Medical Center now offers an advanced neuro procedure room with 3-D mapping and CT scan overlay.

Now surgeons can see scans through a microscope

Developed at Providence Brain and Spine Institute, microscope-integrated radiology lets surgeons instantly view pre-op images through the surgical microscope. – By Vivek Deshmukh, M.D., neurosurgeon

Understanding stroke and risk factors

This resource center provides information basic information on stroke, risk factors and how to help prevent stroke.

What is a stroke?

Learn more about stroke using this easy-to-understand interactive guide, including causes of stroke, types of stroke and how to reduce risk for stroke.

Why choose Providence Acute Rehabilitation Center?

Read our fact sheet to learn how Providence provides a positive foundation for healing.

Proprietary Health Article

A better predictor of stroke risk in a-fib patients

Studies show that a newer, more refined scoring system more accurately identifies risk for thromboembolism. – By Douglas Dawley, M.D., cardiologist, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute

Mechanical thrombectomy: a new standard of care

Acute ischemic stroke is the fourth most common cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. Ischemic stroke typically manifests with acute symptoms such as weakness of the face, arm or leg, numbness, paresthesias, slurred speech, inability to form words, visual disturbance, and diminished level of consciousness, among others.

Preventing Cardiac Risk: Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes that will help you reduce your chance of heart attack or stroke.

Providence stroke care reaches a major milestone

By becoming a certified comprehensive stroke center, we’re proud to say Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is among an elite group of U.S. hospitals delivering the highest standard of stroke care. – Ted Lowenkopf, M.D., medical director, Providence Stroke Center

Providence Stroke Center Video Library

How can I tell if someone is having a stroke?
What can I do to lower my chances?
What is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)? Is this a mini-stroke?

Questions and Answers About Stroke

Questions and answers about stroke with Ted Lowenkopf, M.D., and Lisa Yanase, M.D., Providence Brain and Spine Institute.

Use of Acute Stroke Registry to Improve Care Profile of Receptive Stroke Programs

Researchers surveyed hospitals to ask whether ongoing data completeness reports and monthly comparative quality reports were used to make changes in the acute care process. These self-reports were then confirmed by using the registry data to construct objective run-chart measures over 12 months. Results showed several programmatic characteristics that distinguished programs that used quality reports to make improvements.

Recommended Resource

American Stroke Association Website

Provides warning signs and overview of stroke, emergency stroke center locations and patient education resources.

Mayo Clinic Stroke Risk Factors

Provides extensive outline on the risk factors that contribute to stroke.

National Aphasia Association

The NAA's mission is to educate the public to know that the word aphasia describes an impairment of the ability to communicate, not an impairment of intellect. 

National Stroke Association Website

Comprehensive overview of stroke, including warning signs, emergency stroke center locations and patient education resources.

National Stroke Association: Women and Stroke

Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year –

However, women in a recent survey believed breast cancer is five times more prevalent than stroke and 40 percent of women said they were only somewhat or not at all concerned about experiencing a stroke in their life.

Power to End Stroke Risk Assessment Card

American Stroke Association’s test for personal risk of stroke.

Save your brain: Think FAST

If you think strokes only strike older people, think again. Strokes, also known as brain attacks, are on the rise in people under 40.

The Goddess Fund: Hazel K. Goddess Fund for Stroke Research in Women

The Goddess Fund was created with one clear and compelling goal: to eliminate the impact of stroke in women's lives, the lives of their families and society at large. Lynn B. Goddess founded The Hazel K. Goddess Fund for Stroke Research in Women, also known as The Goddess Fund, in April 2000 as a legacy to her mother Hazel K. Goddess, who died of complications from stroke.