Every second counts when you or a loved one has experienced a stroke. Getting advanced help right away from a team that offers the latest stroke treatment options can make the difference between a successful recovery, disability or even death.
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport provides the area’s most advanced stroke care services. We have been nationally recognized for the quality of our stroke care. We care for more patients who have experienced a stroke than any other provider in our area. In fact, we see patients from east Texas to the Mississippi state line, as well as throughout north and central Louisiana.
It can be hard or impossible for a person who is having a stroke to say what’s happening. Use the acronym “BE FAST” to know what warning signs to watch for in your loved ones or people around you:
Don’t wait to get help, even if the person says they’re OK and don’t need medical attention. Delays in emergency stroke care can lead to serious and life-threatening complications.
Call 911 right away if you or a loved one shows any potential symptoms of a stroke, or get to the Emergency Department for help.
We treat both ischemic stroke (a blockage of blood in one of the arteries that brings blood to the brain) and hemorrhagic stroke (a leak or rupture in one of the arteries in the brain). Our stroke team members provide treatment that is based on guidelines from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to ensure the highest-quality care. If you or a loved one comes into our Emergency Department with potential symptoms of a stroke, our expertly trained doctors and staff members will perform a quick, thorough evaluation and provide the needed care as quickly as possible.
We provide three highly advanced treatments 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to treat strokes:
No other providers in our area offer endovascular stroke treatments. Other providers in our area only offer IV treatment for stroke. We are one of only five centers in Louisiana that offer these advanced therapies, and the other four are in the south Louisiana/New Orleans region. We often see patients who have been transferred from other centers in our area because of our ability to provide these lifesaving procedures.
Although we encourage you to protect yourselves and your loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic, you should still call for help right away if you or a loved one experiences stroke symptoms.
Our teams have safeguards in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for you and all our patients. Learn more about our COVID-19 resources.
You or a loved one could suffer a stroke at any time with little or no warning. But there are ways to decrease your risk of having a stroke in the first place. Lower your risk of stroke by addressing these risk factors:
When a loved one has a stroke, you may find yourself in uncharted territory. Here, we offer advice to help you navigate life after a stroke, from rehabilitation to lifestyle changes.
A stroke occurs when a part of the brain doesn’t get the oxygen it needs due to a loss of blood supply. It is the third leading cause of death for women and is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States, with approximately 750,000 cases occurring each year.
Did you know that someone in America has a stroke every 40 seconds? That translates into nearly 800,000 people each year. And of that number, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.