Alaska’s First Certified Primary Stroke Center
Our stroke center is dedicated to minimizing the impact of stroke and other neurological conditions, and was the first in Alaska to earn Joint Commission certification. From the emergency department, to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, we use the most advanced technology available combined with compassionate medical expertise so patients receive comprehensive care to aid in their recovery.
Stroke - A Serious Medical Emergency!
A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to the brain. Stroke is a leading cause of severe, long-term disability as it can cause paralysis, vision problems, memory loss and speech or language problems. The third leading cause of death in the U.S., strokes affect someone in this nation every 40 seconds and claim a life every 4 minutes.
If you recognize the signs of stroke in yourself or someone else, act FAST by calling 911 immediately.
- F - facial weakness – ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
- A - arm weakness – ask them to raise both arms. Does one drift downward?
- S - speech difficulty – ask them to repeat a simple sentence. Do they sound strange?
- T - time is ticking – if any of these symptoms are present, call 911 for help fast!
When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. This may include speech, movement and memory. How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.