Stroke Care at Baptist Health System

Offering the city’s first Brain and Stroke Network, Baptist Health System provides accredited, award-winning stroke care at all five of our hospitals across San Antonio. We provide lifesaving care for stroke patients. Baptist Health System offers:

Awards and Accreditations for Our System’s Stroke Care

We’ve been nationally recognized for our stroke care. Recognitions include:

What Is Stroke?

Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot or piece of plaque blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke).

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Help prevent death and disability by learning the signs and symptoms of stroke. Acting FAST can get patients the treatment they need to decrease the likelihood of brain damage.

  • 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 sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly?
  • Time: Get the affected person to the hospital right away to receive the most effective stroke treatment.

If a person is having trouble with these basic commands, call 911 immediately.

I was so amazed that one short procedure like that could be so life-changing.

- Alene Waneck, Stroke Survivor

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