Stroke Care

Aspirus Wausau Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center.  To learn more, click here.

A stroke occurs when the flow of blood to a portion of the brain is interrupted.  A reduction in blood flow can occur because of a clot that blocks a blood vessel or because of bleeding in the brain.  The extent of irreversible cell death that occurs from the lack of blood supply depends on the duration of the reduced blood flow. Stroke is the No. 5 leading cause of death in the United States and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Stroke needs immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of a stroke include:

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

If you experience symptoms of stroke:

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Do not drive.

Ways to prevent strokes:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Maintain good blood sugar control
  • Stop smoking
  • Maintain normal blood pressure

Stroke Support Groups

  • Wausau – The Stroke Club is a support group for stroke patients and their families. The group meets the second Monday of even numbered months. Meetings are held in the Birthing Center Classroom at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Please use Entrance C for parking and access to the Birthing Center entrance. For more information, call Aspirus Outpatient Therapies at 715-847-2827.
  • Medford – The Stroke Support Group offers emotional, educational and social support for stroke survivors as well as their family members and caregivers. Individuals are encouraged to attend to receive encouragement from others coping with similar issues. The group meets the third Tuesday of the month (except on holidays) at 1 pm. Meetings are held in the Community Education Room at Aspirus Medford Hospital. For more information, call Aspirus Medford Hospital at 715-748-8100.

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