Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Kentucky. Also called "brain attack," stroke is a medical emergency as serious as a heart attack.
Our stroke specialists are available 24 hours a day to treat stroke immediately, using the latest technology and clot-busting drugs to treat strokes before they cause brain damage.
Find out by downloading our stroke risk card (PDF, 74 KB) and checking off all the risk factors that apply to you. Learn more about stroke and lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk for stroke by reading our stroke education sheet. Please visit the American Stroke Association to learn more about stroke and your risk factors.
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 e-mail it to Crystal Vires-Smith.Stroke screening request form (PDF, 51 KB)
Stroke patients at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute have access to not only to the region's top doctors, but also to the most advanced medical technology. The KNI uses the most advanced technology such as the Trevo and Solitaire stent-trievers to re-open blocked blood vessels in the brain.
These stent-trievers are guided by doctors, but are smaller and more flexible than a human hand. They are inserted like a catheter through the arteries, an a neurointerventionalist physician uses X-ray imaging to guide it to the clot. The stent is deployed inside the clot, and ensnares it; the doctor then retrieves both the stent and the clot, reopening the vessel.
The KNI is also actively performing studies to develop additional treatments for reversing the effects of acute stroke.
Our Stroke Team is dedicated to the immediate treatment of stroke. That's why we've set up the following services:
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of stroke.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
UK Stroke Center ClinicKentucky ClinicFirst floor, Wing C (across from Starbucks)740 South LimestoneLexington, KY 40536-0284
Phone:Call 859-257-1000 or toll free toll free 1-800-333-8874 to make an appointment with a general physician at Kentucky Neuroscience Institute.
Our comprehensive stroke center was the first in the region to be designated as a Primary Stroke Center. That certification, issued by The Joint Commission (TJC), is a recognition of the hospital’s specially trained physicians and staff, as well as the results of its Stroke Center.