The stroke center at Alaska Regional is the state’s first certified primary stroke center and the first to earn Joint Commission certification. Our stroke center is dedicated to minimizing the impact of stroke and other neurological conditions. We use the most advanced technology available from the emergency department, to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate strokes.

If you believe you or a loved one are experiencing a stroke, call 911 immediately. For more information about the stroke center at Alaska Regional, please call (907) 264-2332.

Stroke is a medical emergency

A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting the 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. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.; it affects someone in this nation every 40 seconds and it claims a life every four minutes.

Recognize the signs of stroke

For more information about the signs and symptoms of stroke and stroke treatment, please watch our video featuring Alaska Regional physician David Cadogan, M.D.

If you recognize the signs of stroke in yourself or someone else, call 911 immediately.

When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. This may include speech, movement and memory. The faster you receive treatment the better. The acronym F.A.S.T. is helpful in identifying the signs of a stroke.

  • 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.
A quick medical response can lower the risk of death and disability from stroke. Although, certain medications and treatments must be started within a set number of hours from the onset of symptoms.

Reduce your risk of stroke

Both heart attacks and strokes involve a blockage of blood flow. Because of this similarity, controlling risk factors for heart disease will also help in the prevention of stroke. Here are some ways in which you can reduce the risk of having a stroke:

  • Control your blood pressure
  • Control diabetes
  • Don’t smoke
  • Control your weight and cholesterol
  • Be physically active
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption