• Stroke and cerebrovascular disorders

    Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the US. Getting treatment as soon as a stroke occurs can make a huge difference in survival and recovery.

    Time makes all the difference

    Getting treatment as soon as a stroke occurs can make a huge difference in survival and recovery.

    At UK HealthCare, we offer treatment, prevention, research and rehabilitation for stroke patients. Our experienced experts use leading-edge technology and clot-busting drugs to provide personalized care for each patient. We are available 24 hours a day to treat patients immediately, before strokes cause brain damage. 

    Call 911 immediately if you or someone around you may be having a stroke. 

  • Part of the Kentucky Neurosciences Institute

    A key part of the Kentucky Neurosciences Institute, our stroke program is staffed full time by talented vascular neurologists. These experts offer the most comprehensive care for cerebrovascular disease and aneurysms.

    In the hospital, we care for people who have had strokes in our inpatient stroke unit, which is certified by The Joint Commission.

    Once out of the hospital, we treat stroke patients at the Cerebrovascular Disorder Clinic. At the clinic, we evaluate patients who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack, as well as patients who have a history of stroke risk factors. Patients are cared for by a team of attending doctors as well as resident doctors and medical students.

    The stroke center at UK Chandler Hospital was the first in the region to be designated as a  Comprehensive Stroke Center.

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    2017 gold plus award

    UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has received the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for maintaining nationally recognized standards for the treatment of stroke patients.

  • Stroke Care Network

    UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare have partnered with regional hospitals to ensure every stroke patient in our area receives the very best care. Learn more about the Stroke Care Network » 

  • Learn the many warning signs of a stroke

    Act FAST and CALL 911 immediately at any sign of a stroke.

    FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

    ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

    SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

    TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

    Note the time when any symptoms first appear. This information is important to your health care provider and can affect treatment decisions.  

    If given within three hours of the first symptom, a clot-buster medication may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. There are also two other types of stroke treatment available that might help reduce the effects of stroke.


    Stroke symptoms include: 

    • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
    • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
    • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
    • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination.
    • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

    Call 911 immediately if you have any of these symptoms. 

  • Leading-edge stroke care

    Stroke patients at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute have access not only to the region's top doctors, but also to the most advanced medical technology. UK HealthCare was the first health care center in the region to offer the Merci® Retrieval System, a leading-edge tool for removing potentially lethal blood clots in the brain.

    Leading-edge stroke treatments offered at UK HealthCare:

    Risk factors and prevention

    Take action now to avoid a stroke. Learn how » 

  • From research to the bedside

    The Kentucky Neuroscience Institute is discovering new and advanced ways to bring findings from the researcher's lab to the patient's bedside through clinical trials and research grants. By combining the expertise of researchers and physicians, KNI can offer the most advanced treatments. Learn more about clinical trials »  

  • Schedule a stroke screening for your community event!

    The UK Stroke Program screens hundreds of individuals each year. If you are planning a community event and would like to offer a stroke risk screening, please complete the request form and email it to Crystal Vires-Smith.

    Download request form (PDF, 51 KB) »