UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - West

2255 John F Kennedy Road
Dubuque, IA 52002

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Stroke Services

Every Second Counts

Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States. Rapid evaluation and treatment by health care providers improves outcomes for stroke survivors.  At UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital, you can be confident your team of health care providers are equipped to respond to stroke symptoms with the highest of quality in the quickest time possible.  

Finley Hospital utilizes teleneurology, which allows a patient with acute stroke symptoms to be seen in minutes by an on-screen neurologist who learns their history and symptoms, performs a neurological work-up, and partners with staff to determine a treatment plan. 

Types of Stroke

Ischemic strokes occur when there is a blockage within a blood vessel that leads to the brain.  There are treatment options for ischemic strokes, if treated within 3 hours of the onset of the symptoms.  According to the National Stroke Association, approximately 2 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke. That's why every second counts.

Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel leaks or ruptures causing blood in the brain. 

Stroke Symptoms and Warning Signs

  • Weakness or paralysis of an arm, leg, side of the face or any part of the body
  • Numbness, tingling or decreased sensation 
  • Vision changes or uncontrollable eye movements or eyelid droopiness
  • Slurred speech, inability to speak or understand speech, difficulty reading or writing
  • Swallowing difficulties or drooling
  • Loss of memory
  • Vertigo (spinning sensation), loss of balance or coordination
  • Personality or mood changes
  • Drowsiness, lethargy or loss of consciousness 

Be Prepared

Professionals at Finley Hospital recommend carrying an accurate list of medications in your wallet for optimal care.  Call 911 at the first sign of any symptoms or warning signs of stroke.  Every second counts. 

Quality Care 

Finley Hospital has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by Det Norske Veritas, Inc. (DNV). The DNV Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms Finley Hospital addresses the full spectrum of stroke care - diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education - and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

Rehabilitation After a Stroke

Our comprehensive Inpatient Rehab unit is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the highest level of accreditation for rehab hospitals.  The accreditation also certifies Finley as a Stroke Specialty and Brain Injury Program provider. 

Learning About Strokes 

Watch below and learn how you can prevent strokes, what signs and symptoms to watch for, as well as what to do if you or a loved one may be having a stroke.