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Understanding Stroke

Stoke Center St. Louis

ER Nurse conducts a neurological assessment to check for signs of stroke.

At MoBap, we understand the importance of rapid, accurate treatment to prevent death and preserve brain function. Patients arriving here are treated by specially-trained neurology specialists who are on the forefront of new and specialized stroke treatments, giving more patients a better chance against this debilitating condition. When it comes to a stroke, time is brain. 

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States, behind diseases of the heart, lung and cancer. It is also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. 

Stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked, resulting in brain cell death and loss of brain function. Stroke can be caused by a blood clot (also called thrombosis), blockage (also called embolism) or bleeding (also called hemorrhage).  When a blood vessel is blocked, it cannot carry oxygen and nutrients to the brain. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die. 

Common symptoms after a stroke include the inability to move parts of one side of the body, difficulty with speech or swallowing, or problems with eyesight. These symptoms can disappear quickly within 24 hours, or they can persist much longer. See a full list of symptoms and warning signs. 



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St. Louis, Missouri 63131
314-996-5000
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