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:

  • Balance – Sudden loss of coordination or balance
  • Eyes – Sudden change in vision
  • Face – Sudden weakness on one side of the face or facial droop
  • Arm – Sudden arm or leg weakness or numbness
  • Speech – Sudden slurred speech, trouble speaking, trouble understanding speech
  • Terrible Headache – Sudden onset of a terrible headache

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 Support Group
    • 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, please call Aspirus Outpatient Therapies at 715-847-2827.
  • Portage – Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group
    • The Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group  is to support those who have had a brain injury or stroke, as well as supporting caregivers and family members. Make connections with those who have similar experiences and gain knowledge from professionals who are here to support those affected by a brain injury or stroke.
    • Group meets every 4th Tuesday of each month from 1-2 pm at The Wellness Center at Aspirus Divine Savior Hospital.
    • For more information, please call 608-745-6290.