Stroke is preventable and treatable. Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States experiences a stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in this country. Stroke is one of the most preventable of all life-threatening health problems, provided that you pay proper attention to lifestyle and medical risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
Due to major advancements in treatment technology, stroke survivors now have a better chance at recovery than ever before. Our program offers a specialized team of professionals who provide expert care throughout treatment, recovery and rehabilitation.
Following a stroke, our main objective is to help each of our patients return to the highest quality of life - as quickly as possible.
Primary Stroke Center Certification
Three HealthEast hospitals hold a Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care by The Joint Commission. As Certified Stroke Centers, we treat hundreds of stroke patients each year.
Primary Stroke Center Certification was awarded to:
HealthEast is proud to be the first multi-site health care system in Minnesota to receive this distinction.
Vascular Neurology Clinic
The Vascular Neurology Clinic is an outpatient clinic of the National Brain Aneurysm Center. The clinic is led by Sandy Hanson, MD, a stroke neurologist, and is located at HealthEast Midway Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota.
At the Vascular Neurology Clinic, Dr. Hanson cares for patients with neurological problems relating to the blood vessels in and near the brain.
In addition to Dr. Hanson, clinic staff includes Amy Castle, RN, Stroke Neuro Nurse Coordinator. Amy brings vascular and research expertise.
- Stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic)
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- Atherosclerosis of vessels inside and outside the cranium (extracranial and intracranial vessels)
- Vascular malformations
- Other vasculopathies affecting the circulation of the nervous system
Dr. Hanson has received fellowship training in cerebrovascular disease and can be consulted for:
- Acute diagnosis and treatment during a stroke code
- In-hospital medical management
- Diagnostic evaluation
- Preventive strategies for vascular disease.
To contact the Vascular Neurology Clinic, call 651-232-3880.
Outstate patients now benefit from the HealthEast Telestroke Network, which strives to provide real-time, state-of-the-art medical care to patients suffering acute strokes. Led by vascular neurologist Sandra Hanson, MD, this telestroke partnership is one of the first of its kind in Minnesota.