Certified Primary Stroke Center in Denver, CO

When it comes to stroke, every minute matters. That is why Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center is proud to have received The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers. This certification recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. This certification signifies the stroke services we provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.

If you think you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off suddenly. Brain tissue starts to die within minutes, and, as a result, the person experiencing the stroke becomes unable to function normally.

If the stroke victim can receive proper treatment quickly, within about three hours from the first warning signs, the amount of irreversible damage caused by the stroke can be greatly reduced. The medical staff in our emergency room is equipped and ready to provide prompt, expert treatment to stroke patients.

Stroke warning signs

FAST test

ACT FAST: Diagnose the warning signs of a stroke. Face: Is one side drooping? Arms: Can you raise your arms? Speech: Are words slurred? Time: Time is critical. Not all of these warning signs occur in every stroke. IF any symptoms occur, don't wait. Get help immediately, and call 911.

Time = brain when it comes to a stroke. If you notice the sudden onset of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or legs, sometimes just on one side of the body
  • Severe headache
  • Vision loss in one or both eyes
  • Trouble speaking and/or understanding speech
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Lack of balance and difficulty walking

Stroke risk factors

Certain risk factors for stroke, such as your family history and age, cannot be changed. However, understanding the lifestyle and health factors that cause strokes and taking steps to control them may help in preventing a stroke from occurring:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Lack of physical activity and obesity
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • A family history of stroke
  • Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)