Primary (Level II) Stroke Center in Tomball, Texas

HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball is Primary Stroke Center, as designated by The Joint Commission. This designation indicates that our hospital meets or exceeds the standards of care that support the highest level of stroke patient outcomes in Tomball, Texas.

In addition, our emergency room is staffed 24/7 with medical experts trained to identity stroke symptoms and begin treatment immediately.

Stroke warning signs and symptoms

A stroke occurs when blood flow is blocked to any part of the brain, and therefore blocks the oxygen the blood is carrying. Without oxygen, brain cells begin to die.

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

Complications arise as brain cells continue to die and the stroke goes untreated. Stroke treatment must be administered rapidly to save a life and reduce the chances of long-term disabilities or even death.

If you believe someone is having a stroke, the National Stroke Association encourages you to act F.A.S.T. Quick response to stroke symptoms can save a life and reduce long-term health complications.

Use the F.A.S.T. acronym to assess if someone may be having a stroke:

  • 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:

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

Stroke rehabilitation

Because a stroke affects the brain, some patients need help relearning specific skills as they recover. Our physical and occupational therapy department provides inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation to help patients relearn lost skills and regain independence after a stroke.

Stroke complications vary greatly among patients, so our rehabilitation specialists create a program tailored to each patient’s specific needs. The program may include exercises and therapies to improve motor sills, mobility and/or range-of-motion.

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