Stroke center in Lake City, Florida

At Lake City Medical Center, our specialists deliver the fast response and effective treatment you need during a stroke. Our team has extensive experience in delivering emergency stroke care to help you recover quickly.

If you or someone you know is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Certified stroke center

As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, our services are designed with your treatment and well-being in mind. We know that when it comes to a stroke, every second counts. This is why our expert staff is standing by to provide you with high-quality emergency care when you need it most.

Certified Primary Stroke Center

Lake City Medical Center is a Certified Primary Stroke Center as designated by The Joint Commission.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is cut off. This causes brain cells to be deprived of oxygen, and as a result, they begin to die. A stroke can result in permanent loss of speech, movement and memory.

Types of stroke

There are two main types of stroke: hemorrhagic and ischemic.

Hemorrhagic stroke

A hemorrhagic stroke can have one of two sources—a brain aneurysm burst or a weakened blood vessel leak. When either of these occur, blood spills into or around the brain and creates swelling and pressure. This damages cells and tissue in the brain, which can cause life-altering damage and even death.

Ischemic stroke

Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot, causing blood not to reach parts of the brain.

Signs and symptoms of a stroke

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke can help save lives.

If any of the below symptoms appear suddenly, call 911 and seek emergency care:

  • Confusion, trouble speaking or trouble understanding
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking or loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

If you think someone you know is having a stroke, remember to act "FAST." "FAST" is an acronym that stands for:

  • Face—Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms—Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech—Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • Time—If you observe any of these signs, even if they've gone away, call 911 immediately. Take note of what time the symptoms appeared.

Stroke treatment we offer

We offer multiple options when treating a stroke, including:

  • Medication—Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is considered one of the most effective treatments for a stroke. The medication is typically administered as soon as the patient arrives at the hospital.
  • Supportive care—We offer patients supportive care to ensure their comfort and health throughout their recovery. This includes continued monitoring and providing any treatment for conditions that may have resulted from the stroke.
  • Rehabilitation therapy—Rehabilitation therapy is used to help patients recover after they have experienced a stroke. It can include physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Important stroke information for patients

If you believe you are having a stroke, it is recommended you call 911 to receive immediate medical attention.

Patient's should be aware of the following "do not's", when it comes to experiencing a stroke:

  • Do not call or wait for someone to drive you to the hospital
  • Do not drive yourself to the hospital
  • Do not ignore the symptoms
  • Do not lay down and wait to see if you feel better
If you believe you are having a stroke, you should call 911 immediately.

Stroke resources

Below are additional resources that provide information about stroke care.