Stroke

Advanced prevention, diagnosis & treatment.
Stroke

Did you know someone in the U.S. experiences a stroke every 40 seconds? Yet stroke is one of the most preventable of all life-threatening health problems. At HealthEast, we can help you prevent a stroke with lifestyle changes: smoking cessation and controlling high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

About Stroke

Stroke is preventable and treatable and it is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in this country. Stroke is preventable, provided 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.

Contact Stroke Care

If you are experiencing any symptoms of a stroke,
call 911 immediately.


651-326-3415
Or, contact Care Connection at
651-326-CARE (2273) - phones answered 24/7

Primary Stroke Center Certification

St. John's, St. Joseph's and Woodwinds hospitals all 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. HealthEast is proud to be the first multi-site health care system in Minnesota to receive this distinction.

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Stroke Care

St. John's Hospital
1575 Beam Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55109
St. Joseph's Hospital
45 West 10th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Woodwinds Health Campus
1925 Woodwinds Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125

Get quick access to care

With strokes and other neurovascular conditions, quick action is critical. Our "door-to-CT" and "door-to-drug" measures are consistently faster than the national average. This means that when a patient arrives in the emergency department, we are faster at getting CT images of the brain and then administering clot-busting drugs during a stroke. Our quick response is crucial in improving treatment and outcomes for our stroke patients.

Types of stroke

Ischemic stroke

An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery in the brain becomes blocked or clogged, cutting off the blood flow to a portion of the brain.

There are two types of ischemic stroke:

  • Thrombotic stroke
    A thrombotic stroke occurs when an artery in the brain narrows due to a build-up of plaque over time, allowing a blood clot to clog the artery and cut off blood flow. This is the most common kind of stroke. Signs usually appear suddenly and increase over hours. Thrombotic strokes often happen at night or the first thing in the morning.
  • Embolic stroke
    An embolic stroke is caused by a blood clot that breaks free from an artery or from the heart and flows through the blood stream until it reaches an artery too small for it to pass through. Signs and symptoms depend on the area of the brain that is blocked.

Hemorrhagic stroke

A hemorrhagic stroke can occur when there is bleeding in the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes are less common than ischemic strokes and symptoms are usually sudden and intense.

There are two types of hemorrhagic stroke:

  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
    An intracerebral hemorrhage occurs when a blood vessel within the brain bursts and blood leaks into the brain. The most common cause is high blood pressure.
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
    A subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs when a blood vessel just outside the brain bursts and blood leaks into the area around the brain (called the subarachnoid space). Subarachnoid hemorrhage is caused by a blood vessel abnormality, such as an aneurysm. An aneurysm develops when a point in the wall of an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart) weakens. When this happens, blood pushes on the thinned spot, causing it to swell out like a balloon. The more the wall swells, the thinner it becomes. Over time, the wall of the artery may become thinner and may burst, causing a hemorrhagic stroke.