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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?"

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Caregiver resources - stroke

This resource center provides information basic information and tools for caregivers.

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.

Providence Stroke Center treatment outcomes data

Stroke Treatment and Preventive Procedures › Telestroke Data › Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Stroke Program...

Providence Telestroke Network hospitals and volumes

Stroke Quality Data › Stroke Treatment and Preventative Procedures › For many patients in rural communities, getting access to...

Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery

This resource center provides information basic information and resources for stroke recovery.

Stroke treatment and preventive procedures

Stroke Quality Data › Telestroke Data › Expanded stroke treatment time window › Providence St. Vincent Stroke...

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.

Proprietary Health Article

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.

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.

National Stroke Association Website

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

Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) was established in 1987 on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) in Americus, Georgia. 

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.