Certified Stroke Center in Frankfort, Kentucky

Frankfort Regional Medical Center provides a full range of neurological care services, from primary treatment to inpatient rehabilitation, through a partnership with the Norton Healthcare/UK HealthCare Stroke Network.

Our commitment to providing outstanding stroke care has earned us the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check Certification for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. This means residents in our service area have access to better, faster treatment—especially important because, when it comes to stroke, "time is brain."

To learn more about our stroke care services, call our 24/7 team at (877) 376-2631.

Our emergency room team at Frankfort Regional provides life-saving, expedite treatment for stroke within minutes of a patient's arrival. Our program is designed to diagnose a stroke and begin treatment quickly.

Types of stroke

Stroke is divided into two categories: ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that's supplying blood to the brain is blocked off by a clot or other entity. Hemorrhagic strokes, more commonly known as brain bleeds or bleeding in the brain, occurs when there's a rupture of the blood vessel, leaking into the surrounding brain tissue.

Signs of a stroke

If you suspect a stroke, remember to act F.A.S.T. to identify symptoms:

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Stroke treatment options

Stroke treatment depends on what kind of stroke you have. For ischemic strokes, clot-busting medication, such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), and clot retrieval devices can be used to reverse the process, reestablish blood flow to the brain and recover a significant amount of function. It is important to work as quickly as possible with ischemic stroke patients because the quicker you treat the symptoms, the better the chance of recovery.

Hemorrhagic strokes range in severity and are overall more severe and debilitating than ischemic strokes, meaning less intervention options are available.

Stroke prevention

Lifestyle modification is very important for avoiding stroke. Two major factors that can help you reduce your risk for stroke include smoking cessation and improving your level of physical activity.

If you smoke, consider cutting back or quitting altogether. Tobacco smoke can made your blood thicker, increasing the risk for blood clots, narrowing the arteries and restricting oxygen in the blood.

Physical activity benefits your cardiovascular health and your brain health. Exercising at least three times a week for 30 minutes can help reduce your risk for stroke. This is especially true for people who work more sedentary, office-style jobs, where they are not as active throughout the day.