TriStar Stroke Network

Did you know that stroke is the 4th leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability in Tennessee?

TriStar Stroke provides 24/7 access by TriStar stroke experts who will determine the best treatment plan and coordinate the rapid transfer to one of our comprehensive stroke centers.

Are You Under Pressure?

High blood pressure is the single best indicator to determine your risk for stroke.

Each day that your blood pressure is too high, your chances of having a stroke increase. A stroke can result from the damage that ongoing high blood pressure causes in your blood vessels. If the affected blood vessel stops supplying blood to your brain a stroke results

We know that one of the best weapons against stroke is knowledge and treatment. That’s why TriStar Stroke has partnered with WSMV Channel 4 for “Pressure Check”—a series of blood pressure screenings held at local community events and venues throughout the community. Our goal is to take the blood pressure of as many people as possible to determine the average blood pressure of our community and find out if we “Are Under or Over Pressure.”

You Could Be at Risk for Stroke

Certain health and lifestyle factors increase your chances of having a stroke. The leading risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. But there are many other factors that also put you at risk. Risk factors are different for each person, and some risk factors such as your age, cannot be changed. But others can be managed.

High Blood Pressure
High Cholesteral
Atrial Fibrillations
Previous Heart Attack, Stroke or TIA
Lack of Exercise or Physical Activity
Frequently eat salty, fried or greasy foods
Consuming more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day

Types of Stroke

During a stroke, blood stops flowing to part of the brain. There are two main types of stroke; both are medical emergencies and treatment is needed immediately to minimize damage to the brain.

Ischemic: An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke, occurring when a clot or other blockage stops the flow of blood within an artery that leads to the brain.

Hemorrhagic: A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a sudden rupture of an artery within the brain.

TIA: A TIA (transient ischemic attack) is an early warning that a serious stroke may occur. A TIA produces temporary stroke symptoms that eventually subside. If left untreated, a TIA may result in a larger, more devastating stroke. With proper treatment, TIAs generally do not cause lasting damage. If you think you have symptoms of a stroke or TIA—even if they do not last—seek medical help right away.

Think F.A.S.T. - Stroke Warning Signs

Stroke Warning Signs

Learn to recognize the signs of a stroke, because time lost is brain lost!

  • Sudden weakness, tingling or a loss of feeling on one side of the face or body

  • Sudden double vision or trouble seeing in one or both eyes

  • Sudden difficulty talking, slurred speech or problems understanding others

  • Sudden, severe headache

  • Sudden dizziness, a feeling of spinning, a loss of balance or coordination or a feeling of falling

TriStar Stroke Saves Lives

When it comes to stroke, timing is everything. Every minute that a stroke goes untreated, it kills 1.9 million brain cells, causing brain damage that can lead to long-term disability and even death. That’s why recognizing the signs of a stroke and getting to the hospital fast are critical.

The TriStar Family of Hospitals in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky are uniquely positioned to be the region’s leading expert in stroke prevention, treatment and education. Together, our hospitals form TriStar Stroke, an integrated system of care that raises the current standards for stroke diagnosis and treatment. These hospitals include: Centennial Medical Center, Greenview Regional Hospital, Hendersonville Medical Center, Horizon Medical Center, Skyline Medical Center, Southern Hills Medical Center, StoneCrest Medical Center and Summit Medical Center.

Tristar Stroke Network