Stroke is the number three cause of death in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When the brain doesn't get the blood and oxygen it needs, it starts to die. That is why it is crucial to recognize warning signs and symptoms of stroke.
The Missouri Stroke Program is home to the largest comprehensive stroke team in mid-Missouri. Neurologists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists, cardiologists and emergency services personnel all work closely together to diagnose and treat patients as quickly as possible.
University Hospital has received the Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from Get With The Guidelines®, a hospital-based quality improvement program developed by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. To reach the Gold Plus level, University Hospital reached 85 percent or higher adherence on all achievement measures and at least 75 percent or higher adherence on select quality measures for at least 24 consecutive months. These measures include aggressive use of tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation education, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Our stroke team is available for educational, community events and outreach. Please contact us to learn more about opportunities for partnership. To make an appointment with a stroke neurologist, call (573) 882-1515.
Watch Skip one of our Stroke survivors to learn more about the stroke team.