Stroke treatment in South Nashville

Skilled neurologists and emergency physicians at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center are available 24/7 to diagnose and treat stroke. Our patients have access to the latest treatment options for stroke, including medication and surgery. We also offer telemedicine technology, guaranteeing you can consult with a neurologist whenever you have symptoms of a stroke.

If you or a loved one are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

Understanding stroke and stroke risk factors

A stroke occurs when the brain's blood supply is interrupted. This can be caused by a blocked or narrowed artery (ischemic stroke) or by sudden bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke). In some cases, blood flow to the brain is disrupted (transient ischemic attack).

When any of these types of stroke happen, part of the brain does not get the blood it needs. It begins to deteriorate. When brain cells die, new ones do not replace them. That is why quick treatment is so important. Prompt neurological care can:

  • Decrease your likelihood of needing major surgery or a lengthy hospitalization
  • Decrease the risk of complications following initial treatment
  • Help you heal faster

Identifying stroke symptoms

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Understanding the causes of stroke, as well as being able to recognize a stroke, is the best way to ensure prompt treatment when a stroke occurs.

Most strokes are preventable and many can be treated, but immediate medical care must be initiated. Keep the acronym "FAST" in mind:

  • F: Face is drooping, especially on one side
  • A: Arm is drifting downward
  • S: Speech difficulty, including slurring or difficulty understanding others
  • T: Time to call 911

Other signs of stroke to keep in mind include:

  • Sudden confusion
  • Difficulty walking
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache
  • Trouble seeing from one or both eyes

If you notice these symptoms, seek emergency care. Not all of these warning signs are seen in every stroke, and some signs may come and go. However, even if the symptoms go away, you need emergency care. The longer a stroke goes without treatment, the greater the risk for brain damage and potential disability.

Risk factors for stroke

Anyone can have a stroke, but these are among the most common factors that put you at risk of having a stroke:

  • Age (people 55 years old or older are more likely to experience a stroke)
  • Excessive alcohol use or substance abuse
  • Family history of stroke
  • Heart or carotid artery disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity and/or physical inactivity
  • Tobacco use
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Unhealthy diet

Telemedicine

Through our telemedicine program, patients have access to a neurologist 24/7 - even if one is not on-site at the emergency room (ER). Within seconds of a request for a consultation, a physician can position our telemedicine robot at a patient's bedside.

This technology provides two-way audio and video communication. The doctor can even remotely control devices, such as an electronic stethoscope, to conduct an exam. After your virtual consultation, a neurologist will be able to understand your condition as fully as though you were physically in the room together. We can then move forward with prompt, effective treatment based on your specific diagnosis.

Directions to our hospital

We are south of Nashville near the intersection of Highway 255 and Nolensville Pike. Our address is:

391 Wallace Road
Nashville, TN 37211

The hospital is accessible from Wallace Road. To reach our ER, turn into our medical campus and follow signs to the north parking lot and entrance.

If you are arriving for follow-up care, follow signs to the hospital's front entrance, which faces Nolensville Pike. We offer free valet parking Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 4:30pm.

Stroke at TriStar Health

A stroke is a medical emergency where blood flow to the brain is either reduced or stopped, depriving brain tissue of essential oxygen and nutrients. A stroke may cause loss in brain function and affect movement and speech.

Learn about Stroke