Stroke is an interruption of blood supply to the brain, and requires immediate medical attention.

Strokes can come on suddenly and require fast treatment. Warning signs, or symptoms, are many and may include just a few of the following: severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, projectile vomiting, decrease in balance, decrease in vision, increase in confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, sudden weakness of face, arm, leg especially on one side of the body, and tingling or numbness that doesn’t get better in an hour or so.

In 2015, The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association certified Memorial Medical Center as a Comprehensive Stroke Center – with SIU Medicine physicians as the doctors who treat patients in the hospital who arrive with stroke symptoms.

The certification means our community has access to:

  • highly qualified physicians in key medical specialties (including neurology, neurosurgery, diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology, neuro critical care and emergency medicine),
  • hospital staff with unique and ongoing training,
  • and the latest technology to provide each patient with a full spectrum of treatment options and interventions.