Stroke & Aneurysm Care

Your Stroke Care Experts

Sanford Health can buy you time - and brain cells - in the treatment of strokes and aneurysms.

Our interventional neurology therapies can widen the window of treatment for stroke up to 24 hours from onset. That means more patients can get life-saving care close to home.

Signs of a Stroke

Did you know one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetimes? It’s important to know the signs of stroke and what you can do to protect your life and the lives of those you love.

Remember to act FAST:

F – Facial droop, usually on one side
A – Arm drift (one arm hangs or drifts down)
S – Slurred speech
T – Time to call 911

There are two different types of strokes:

  • Ischemic. These are strokes caused by blockage of an artery (or rarely, a vein). Most strokes are this type.
  • Hemorrhagic. These are strokes caused by bleeding. About 13 in 100 strokes are this type.

Stroke Care at Sanford Health

Choose Sanford Health for 24/7/365 stroke care. Sanford Health's interventional neurologists and neurosurgeons specialize in diagnosis and treatment of strokes and aneurysms, including:

  • Acute stroke intervention
  • Aneurysm evaluation and endovascular management through brain aneurysm coiling
  • Carotid artery disease evaluation and management
  • Cerebral hemorrhage treatment
  • Diagnostic cerebral angiogram

Because of the unique skills of our interventional neurologists, we provide patients with more treatment options, including less invasive options not available elsewhere in the region.

TeleStroke Connects to Care Anywhere

Rural hospitals across the Dakotas and Minnesota have access to emergency stroke care via telemedicine. Sanford Health’s telemedicine service (One Connect) offers TeleStroke, which virtually connects rural locations with a Sanford neurologist to help diagnose and treat stroke symptoms quickly.

Stroke Rehabilitation & Support

Stroke rehab can help you recover from the effects of stroke, relearn skills and develop new ways to do things. Stroke can cause:

  • Paralysis or problems controlling movement, such as walking, balance, or swallowing
  • Sensory disturbances (ability to feel touch, pain, temperature, or position) 
  • Trouble using or understanding language
  • Thinking and memory problems
  • Emotional disturbances

Your stroke rehab team can teach you and your family to make changes that help you recover and regain independence.

Sanford Health also offers a stroke support group in Bemidji, Minnesota. Meet other stroke survivors from 2:30-4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Education Center.

Signs of an Aneurysm

Unruptured aneurysms may have no symptoms at all. However, the National Institutes of Health say a larger aneurysm that is steadily growing may press on tissues and nerves, causing:

  • Pain above and behind your eye
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Paralysis on one side of your face
  • A dilated pupil in your eye
  • Vision changes or double vision

When an aneurysm ruptures or bursts, you feel a sudden and extremely severe headache – some people have called this the worst headache of their life. Plus, you may develop other signs of aneurysm:

  • Double vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stiff neck
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness (for any amount of time)
  • Heart attack

Aneurysm is a medical emergency. If you experience a sudden, severe headache, especially with any other symptoms, call 911.


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