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

Our physicians, nurses and staff provide specialized care for a variety of conditions, even the most complex. Those conditions may include the following:

  • Stroke occurs when something, such as a blood clot, blocks or reduces blood flow to the brain. Brain cells begin to die as their supply of oxygen is cut off, so call 911 immediately if you observe stroke symptoms
  • Brain aneurysm (cerebral aneurysm) is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of an artery in the head.
  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVM) of the brain and spine is group of blood vessels that forms incorrectly.
  • Fistulas are an irregular connection between an artery and a vein, including dural arteriovenous fistula (dAVF) and cavernous-carotid fistulas (CCFs).
  • Stenosis is a narrowing of the head and neck arteries often caused by atherosclerosis.
  • Moyamoya disease is a progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain.

Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

Remember BE FAST

  • 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!

Reduce Your Stroke Risk

Did you know 80% of strokes could be prevented? You can reduce your risk of stroke by taking these steps.

  • Control your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise.

When Seconds Count for Stroke Survival and Recovery

Acute Stroke Team Available 24/7 at Froedtert Hospital

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.

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.

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.

Certified by The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission recognizes Froedtert Hospital as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. They have also recognized Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and Froedtert West Bend 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.

Certified by the Joint Commission for Stroke

Virtual Visits Are Available

Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We'll assess your condition and develop a treatment plan right away. To schedule a virtual visit, call 414-805-3666.

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Recognized as High Performing by U.S. News & World Report

Froedtert Hospital is nationally ranked in three adult specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Froedtert Hospital is also recognized as high performing in four adult specialties and 14 procedures and conditions, including stroke care. Learn more.