Michael Kelly, M.D., Division Chairman
Jordan Moskoff, M.D., Emergency Medicine
Isaac Paintsil, M.D., Hospital Medicine
Lakshmi Warrior, M.D., Neurology
Adaku Uzomba, RN, APN, Stroke Program Coordinator Peter Egofske, MD, Internventional Radiology
1900 W. Polk St.
9th Floor, Rm 920Chicago, IL 60612
“Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke is very important, as time is of the essence in stroke treatment. The faster someone can get to a hospital after a stroke, the better our ability is to reduce potential brain damage. I encourage everyone who thinks they possibly may be having a stroke, no matter how minor their symptoms, to come to the hospital immediately.” Dr. Michael Kelly, Chairman of CCHHS’ Division of Neurology, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital is a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center, nationally recognized for long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients by The American Heart Association and The American Stroke Association.
At Stroger Hospital, a team of board-certified specialists work together to provide expert care for patients who have experienced a stroke. Our specialists are experts in neurology, emergency medicine, physical, occupational and speech therapy, pulmonary and critical care medicine, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, radiology, rehabilitation medicine and neuropsychology.
Our goal is to provide targeted care for our patients to help them recover from the physical and mental effects of a stroke, and to help them live the best and healthiest lives post-treatment.
Our specialists treat more than 400 patients for acute strokes each year, and are always available to provide individualized care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
At Stroger Hospital, we have state-of-the-art technology and equipment on-site to care for our patient’s needs, including CT, MRI and angiography imaging and complete laboratory services.
The Stroke Clinic
The goal of this multidisciplinary clinic is to prevent future strokes by providing comprehensive secondary stroke prevention. Our clinic has dedicated social workers, who screen patients for issues such as food insecurity, tobacco use, depression, lack of transportation and housing and adequate access to primary care. Patients who screen positive for tobacco use are seen by a dedicated smoking cessation advocate to create an individualized plan to quit. Patients are next seen by the stroke neurologist to provide specialized post-stroke medical care. Patients are finally seen by our stroke nurse practitioner, who provides individualized stroke education and screens patients for obstructive sleep apnea. Patients who screen positive are given a same-day appointment with our sleep clinic. Appointments can be made by calling Adaku Uzomba, CNP at 312-864-7293.
Stroke Support Group
We encourage our patients who have had a stroke to take preventive measures to remain healthy, and to join our stroke support group, a no-cost group open to past and current stroke patients and their families. To find out how to join CCHHS’ Stroke Support Group, please call 312-864-7293, 312-864-7760, or 312-864-7291.
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital Stroke Program Research Studies
At Stroger Hospital, we stay up-to-date on the latest research findings on strokes and stroke care, through an active research-based program that gives patients the opportunity to participate in stroke clinical trials.
Our past projects include:
- Research into the risks and benefits of aspirin and clopidogrel use (a drug used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in patients with heart disease, recent stroke or blood circulation disease) for stroke prevention among African American patients.
- Clinical studies on the value of vitamin supplementation in stroke prevention.
- Investigation on the risks and benefits of a diabetic medication in stroke prevention in non-diabetic patients.
- Blood pressure in acute stroke, post-stroke outpatient management of cholesterol, and frequency of hospital re-admission.
- Studying the effects of food insecurity on vascular risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension in patients who have been diagnosed with a stroke.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is a sudden attack that occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted, and causes a minimal flow of oxygen to the brain.
What are the signs and symptoms?
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable by working to manage personal risk. Click here to learn how to reduce the risk of stroke and how to recognize stroke symptoms and respond appropriately. Every second counts.
- Strokes affect nearly 800,000 people each year, and are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
- More than 95% of patients do not seek care until many hours after their stroke occurs, making typical stroke treatments far less effective.
- Nearly 80% of strokes could be avoided with healthy lifestyle decisions.
- Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability.