If you are experiencing a stroke, brain aneurysm or other neurovascular condition, your best option for recovery is our Stroke & Neurovascular Program.

Remember BE FAST

FAST Stroke
  • Balance. Sudden loss of coordination or balance.
  • Eyes. Sudden change in vision.
  • Face. Weakness on one side or facial droop.
  • Arm or leg. Weakness or numbness.
  • Speech difficulty. Slurred or trouble understanding speech.
  • Terrible headache. Sudden onset.

If you have sudden onset of any of these symptoms, call 911 right away!

Froedtert Acute Stroke Team

Seconds count when responding to a stroke. Neurons die rapidly during the first hours after stroke onset, and limiting the extent of damage requires urgent diagnosis and treatment.

The Froedtert Acute Stroke Team is ready 24 hours a day to respond to the acute needs of stroke patients. Members have the training and expertise to treat all types of stroke safely and efficiently and a neurologist is available onsite around the clock.

Dr. Brian-Fred Fitzsimmons

Brian-Fred Fitzsimmons, MD, an interventional neurologist, discusses the signs and symptoms of stroke and what you should do if they occur.

Acute Stroke Team Facts

Our stroke experts offer patients the following advantages:

  • 24-7 emergency department coverage by stroke specialists
  • Specialized protocols for rapid evaluation
  • Average door-to-CT (diagnosis) time less than 30 minutes
  • Average door-to-tPA time less than 40 minutes
  • More procedures for stroke intervention are performed at Froedtert Hospital than any other hospital in Wisconsin.

Team members include critical care neurologists, interventional neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency medicine physicians and nurse specialists – all of the experts needed for complete emergency stroke care.

Certified by The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission recognizes Froedtert Hospital as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. They have also recognized Community Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital as Primary Stroke Centers. These certifications demonstrate our commitment to providing you or someone you love with the best care in the event of a stroke. Learn more about the Joint Commission certifications.


When Seconds Count

As eastern Wisconsin’s only certified Adult Level I Trauma Center, physicians and staff at our Emergency Department are specially trained in stroke recognition. They also are experts in emergency treatment for ruptured brain aneurysms and raised intracranial pressure, an increase in pressure inside the skull that results from or causes brain injury.

We treat stroke at the following locations:

We collaborate with Flight For Life for emergency air transport and work with hospitals throughout the area to transfer patients or bring physician expertise to them.

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