Stroke care in Hermitage, Tennessee

You can count on TriStar Summit Medical Center's emergency room (ER) to provide comprehensive stroke treatment, including interventional neurosurgery. Using the latest advancements in telemedicine, we can quickly treat you in our Primary Stroke Center, certified by The Joint Commission. We can also connect you with top stroke experts in the TriStar Health network of hospitals. We also offer stroke rehabilitation services to help you build strength and return to your normal daily activities.

If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Causes of a stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked suddenly or an artery starts to bleed. There are three types of stroke:

  • Ischemic stroke—when an artery that supplies blood to the brain becomes narrowed or blocked
  • Hemorrhagic stroke—when an artery starts to bleed into the brain
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)—when blood flow to the brain is partially blocked for a few minutes

When the blood supply to the brain is blocked, this results in brain cells that die. Our goal is to provide stroke care as quickly as possible to minimize the amount of damage to the brain.

Signs of a stroke

It is crucial that you are familiar with the symptoms of a stroke so you can act quickly and seek emergency care. Symptoms of a stroke often occur suddenly and can include:

  • An intense headache
  • Confusion or trouble speaking
  • Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Loss of balance or dizziness
  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

Stroke risk factors

Although some risk factors, such as age and family history, cannot be changed, there are ways you can reduce your risk for having a stroke. Modifiable risk factors include:

  • Excessive alcohol use or drug abuse
  • Heart or carotid artery disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity and/or physical inactivity
  • Tobacco use
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Unhealthy diet

If you have any of these risk factors, talk to your doctor about ways to minimize or eliminate them.

24/7 telehealth services

As part of the TriStar Health family of hospitals, we give you access to the region's largest telemedicine network. Telemedicine allows immediate access for acute stroke care—especially in communities where neurologists are not on-call 24/7. Within seconds of a request for a consultation, a physician can position the telemedicine robot at a patient's bedside and connect to a neurologist specializing in stroke care.

The robot provides two-way audio and video communication and many remote presence devices, such as an electronic stethoscope. The neurologist can remotely examine a patient's ability to move and speak and even zoom in to allow a complete exam.

Rehabilitation services

After a stroke, it can be difficult to return to your day-to-day activities. Our rehabilitation program incorporates occupational, speech and physical therapy to help you overcome the effects of a stroke. Our inpatient rehabilitation program has 20 private rooms, 24/7 medical care and a team of board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians.

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.

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