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Stroke Care & Rehabilitation

At Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, you'll get the stroke care you need quickly to help improve your immediate health outcomes and contribute to a better long-term recovery.

Advanced, Accredited Stroke Care

You can trust in the quality of our stroke care, as evidenced by our accreditation from The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

In fact, four of our locations have this distinction: All Saints, Elmbrook Memorial, St. Francis and St. Joseph. This means you'll get personalized, innovative stroke treatment using advanced technology. And you should expect nothing less from one of the most experienced stroke care centers in the Milwaukee metro area.

Improving Outcomes of Stroke

Nearly every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. experiences a stroke, or a loss of blood and oxygen to your brain. It's why fast, effective treatment can make all the difference for positive outcomes.

Rest assured, you're getting the best care possible for stroke with our advanced treatments and diagnostics, including biplane imaging—which helps your doctor locate the affected area of your brain and start treatment more quickly—clot removal, artery stenting and fast delivery of clot-dissolving medication (tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA).

You'll also benefit from our designated stroke unit and endovascular stroke therapy, or mechanical thrombectomy, which offer successful approaches to stroke recovery and prevention. This level of care has even earned Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

And Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Joseph has received the Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Target Stroke Award, which means you're getting some of the best, most advanced stroke care and treatment.

Stroke Rehabilitation & Recovery

Your stroke rehabilitation plan includes individualized care in our neurology rehabilitation program. Your care team can help you improve your walking, balance and strength and maximize your chances of getting back to your everyday life.

During and after your rehabilitation, you and your family are welcome to join a stroke support group to hear encouragement and advice from others as you continue your recovery.

Compassionate, Patient-Focused Stroke Care

Trust our caring, knowledgeable stroke care team to give you and your family the focused attention you need to feel confident about your treatment and care plan.

We'll work with you to make sure you understand your diagnosis, are comfortable with your treatment and have the support you need to thrive. We also provide spiritual support to ensure the wellness of your and your family's whole person—mind, body and soul.

Understanding Your Risk of Stroke

If you are susceptible to or have been diagnosed with diabetes, artery disease or heart disease, you may be at a greater risk for a stroke.

Other risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Poor diet and nutrition
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Age
  • Family history
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Previous transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke), heart attack or other heart event

A stroke can affect almost anyone. It's important to know the signs and symptoms so you can get care quickly.

Meet Dr. Karthikram Raghuram

Learn more about our comprehensive acute stroke care from Interventional Radiologist Karthikram Raghuram, MD.


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