Stroke care in Conroe

From the emergency room to rehabilitation, HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe provides the highest continuum of stroke care.

We are a Primary Stroke Center designated by The Joint Commission. This means we meet standards that support the highest level of quality-patient outcomes right here in Conroe, Texas. We are also a recipient of the American Stroke Association's Silver Plus and Gold Plus Performance Achievement Awards.

Our emergency department is Chest Pain and Stroke accredited, which requires us to meet the highest-standards of care for these illnesses. In addition, we have a stroke rehabilitation center with speech, physical and occupational therapists who help stroke patients regain strength and lost function.

What is a stroke?

A stroke, sometimes called a brain stroke, occurs when blood flow to any part of the brain is blocked. When blood flow is cut off, oxygen is not carried to the brain cells and brain cells begin to die. Brain cells continue to die until the blockage is repaired. Stroke must be treated rapidly to reduce the risk of long-term effects and disabilities.

If you believe someone is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.

In some cases, a patient may experience a mini stroke, also called a transient ischemic attack (TIA). This means blood flow was cut off temporarily by a clot, but was restored.

There are two other types of stroke. An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot develops in the blood vessel. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weak blood vessel ruptures. Our neurology team has vast experience at recognizing both types of stroke and beginning immediate treatment.

Certain diseases or conditions may put you at risk for having a stroke. The following conditions may increase your risk:

  • Atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm)
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of stroke
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Obesity and poor diet
  • Smoking

Stroke warning signs

Every minute counts when stroke is suspected, and it is essential to choose an emergency room equipped and certified to quickly administer stroke treatment.

If you notice someone is displaying signs and symptoms of stroke, the National Stroke Association encourages you to act F.A.S.T. to save a life and reduce long-term health complications.

  • Face: Does the person’s face droop when they smile?
  • Arms: When you ask the person to lift their arms, does one arm drift down?
  • Speech: Does the person sound confused when speaking and are they unable to repeat simple sentences?
  • Time: If the person shows any of these stroke symptoms, call 911.

Other stroke symptoms include:

  • Severe headache
  • Temporary memory problems
  • Loss of coordination including walking or balancing
  • Vision problems in one or both eyes
  • Sudden onset of confusion
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
  • Vertigo or dizziness

Stroke at HCA Houston Healthcare

A stroke is a medical emergency where blood flow to the brain is either reduced or stopped, depriving brain tissue of essential oxygen and nutrients. A stroke may cause loss in brain function and affect movement and speech.

Learn about Stroke