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Responsive Care When It Matters Most

A stroke can happen fast and without warning. Know that you have an experienced team at the AdventHealth, formerly Florida Hospital, Neuroscience Institute ready to respond, along with a network of resources dedicated to providing immediate, comprehensive care.

With Our Team Behind You, You're a Step Ahead

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                        An Extensive Support Network

An Extensive Support Network

You have a support network ready at a moment’s notice with seven dedicated stroke centers throughout Central Florida, plus a Comprehensive Stroke Center located at AdventHealth Orlando.

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                        Fully Coordinated Care

Fully Coordinated Care

From initial treatment through rehabilitation, our physicians, nurses, therapists and caregivers are here to aid you and your loved ones at every step of the journey.

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                        World-Class Expertise

World-Class Expertise

Face the challenges ahead with confidence. AdventHealth is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best hospitals in neurology and neurosurgery.

The Right Care When It Counts

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of a stroke can develop suddenly or over the course of a few hours or days. The signs can vary depending on the type of stroke and its location within your brain. It’s always important to act as quickly as possible if you notice any of the warning signs, including:

  • Loss of Balance or Coordination, Dizziness, or Trouble Walking
  • Numbness or Weakness in the Arms, Legs or Face (Particularly on One Side of the Body)
  • Sudden Confusion, or Trouble Speaking or Understanding
  • Sudden Severe Headache Without a Known Cause
  • Trouble Seeing in One or Both Eyes

Get medical attention right away, even if symptoms disappear.

About 15 percent of strokes are preceded by a mini stroke that lasts only a few minutes. This is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA), and it’s typically a precursor to a major stroke. Don’t hesitate in seeking a medical evaluation — the best thing you can do is call 911.

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Responsive Care

When a stroke happens, the response time is key. You need an experienced and highly coordinated team of experts acting quickly and decisively to deliver your care. Our extensive network of stroke specialists throughout Central Florida uses the latest resources, including ambulances equipped with televideo technology, which enables specially trained stroke specialists to help assess and treat stroke patients no matter their location. This technology allows a stroke-specialized neurologist to assess a patient’s condition in 15 minutes or less and to treat the stroke rapidly with a clot-busting medication, called tPA, even if they haven’t yet reached the hospital. We can help minimize the time it takes to start treatment and maximize your chances for recovery.

At AdventHealth, our stroke centers are certified by the Agency for Health Care Administration as primary stroke centers, and AdventHealth Orlando is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. We are proud to have received the Stroke Gold Plus Target Honor Roll Elite Plus, the highest award offered by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for our locations at Altamonte, Celebration, Kissimmee, and Orlando. These designations mean stroke patients will receive quality stroke care, close to home.

Rehabilitation

Our comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program is ready to help you recover and regain confidence. We offer both onsite and outpatient services along with the support of a certified and highly skilled team that includes physical, occupational and speech therapists — all dedicated to helping you get back to living your best life.

Together we’ll create a therapy plan designed to help you regain strength and functionality. Your program will focus on areas like:

  • Daily Activities, Such as Eating, Bathing and Dressing
  • Memory and Problem-Solving Skills
  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Social Skills
  • Speech and Language
Support and Outpatient Services

From one-on-one therapy sessions to the latest equipment and research, we offer unique wellness programs to help you transition back to everyday life. Choose from individual or group training sessions led by an experienced exercise physiologist who will support you through every challenge and victory, big or small.

Prevention Starts With You

With awareness campaigns like Think F.A.S.T. we help people know the risks, recognize the signs and get the treatment they need. F.A.S.T. stands for Facial Droop, Arm Drift, Speech and Time. These are four symptoms to look for when you think someone is having a stroke. If you or someone else experiences one of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Stroke has several common risk factors, many of which can be avoided through lifestyle changes:

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Tobacco Use

For women, there are some additional risk factors, including:

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Migraines
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy

While some risk factors are preventable, others like age, gender and family history are beyond your control. Schedule regular checkups and talk to your doctor about your health care plan. Together, you can spot pre-conditions that might help you act now to prevent a stroke down the road.

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If you think you or someone you know is having a stroke, Think F.A.S.T.

Facial Droop — One side of the face is drooping.

Arm Drift — When both arms are held out and eyes are closed, one arm drifts down.

Speech — Speech is slurred, absent or abnormal.

Time — If one or all of the above symptoms are present, call 911 right away.

Even if the signs seem to go away, don’t ignore them. Be sure to seek medical attention right away.

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Your Stories. Our Mission.

For former Cincinnati Bengal Ray Forsythe, having a stroke was the last thing on his mind. An athlete used to training hard, Ray appreciated the fact that the rehab team at AdventHealth didn’t go easy on him.

Ray Forsythe | Stroke Survivor

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As interconnected pieces of one of the most comprehensive neurology care networks in Florida, each of our Central Florida locations contributes to the strength of the AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute. Ask your dedicated Care Coordinator to help you explore your options and find the right fit for you to optimize your recovery.

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Our compassionate and knowledgeable team is available to help schedule appointments, thoroughly explain every treatment option and put you in touch with the right resources. You’ll never wonder what’s next, because we’ll be with you every step of the way.

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