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Stroke Care

Facts about stroke

  • Stroke case manager with patient and family memberEach year, approximately 795,000 strokes occur in the U.S.
  • Approximately 143,000 people die from stroke every year in the U.S.
  • Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer.
  • Nearly 3/4 of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. In fact, the risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55.
  • People with diabetes have a 2-4 time higher risk of stroke compared to people without diabetes. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, heart disease and atrial fibrillation.
  • By reducing your blood pressure, you decrease your chance of a stroke by 4-6 times.
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St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center

St. Cloud Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center after meeting nationally developed standards for stroke care. This achievement recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients and foster better outcomes.

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From the moment you or a loved one arrives at St. Cloud Hospital, our staff is specially trained for the triage, diagnosis and treatment of stroke.

For information about public awareness or prevention education and other community events, please call 320-255-5772.

If you are a physician and would like to request a consultation or refer a stroke patient, call 888-387-2862.

Why choose St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center?

Skilled team

Stroke care teamA multidisciplinary team of physicians and health providers collaborate with emergency personnel to help identify stroke and begin treatment. Working together, the team promotes community stroke awareness and delivers stroke care in accordance with evidence-based recommendations and guidelines established by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Heart/American Stroke Association.

Nationally recognized

St. Cloud Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of The Joint Commission - National Quality ApprovalApproval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center after meeting nationally developed standards for stroke care. This achievement signifies that the hospital can meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

The region’s first CARF-accredited (Commission on Carf accreditedAccreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for inpatient rehabilitation hospital programs for adults, children and adolescents.

St. Cloud Hospital was awarded the Get AHA and ASA Get with the Stroke GuidelinesWith The Guidelines -Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associationfor the treatment of stroke patients.

St. Cloud Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality measures including aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies to reduce death and disability, improving the lives of stroke patients.  

St. Cloud Hospital also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and be less likely to suffer severe disability.

Impressive Quality Outcomes

Every day, the St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center team monitors and measures quality in a pursuit to deliver the highest standard of care. The care and quality measures are compared with national and state statistics and indicate that St. Cloud Hospital is comparable or better than hospitals nationwide. Learn more about our stroke quality measures

State-of-the-art stroke technology and treatments

Treatments for acute stroke have made significant strides over the past several years. Current treatments include medication, endovascular procedures and surgery. Learn about stroke technology and treatments

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Hear from our patient

“It is so important to be treated as soon as possible if having a stroke,” said Kathryn, 50, who had awakened with a blinding headache a few days before her medical emergency in September 2012. Kathryn, from Annandale, made a nearly full recovery. “I don’t think it could’ve been any faster. The care at St. Cloud Hospital was excellent and having Dr. Suri’s expertise is such a blessing,” Kathryn said.

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