Community Health Network is committed to caring and educating those at risk for cerebrovascular disease, which can cause stroke. Community Hospitals East, South, North and Anderson, and Community Howard Regional Health have all earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalTM as a Primary Stroke Center by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. Certification means standardized stroke care is performed at each hospital.

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What is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when the brain does not get oxygen or nutrients that are carried by blood vessels because the vessels get blocked or burst. When this happens nerve cells in the brain start to die. The nerve cells in the brain control other parts of the body; when they die, the body parts they control may lose functionality. Stroke damage is often permanent.

Effects of Stroke

Depending on the type of stroke, people are affected differently. Brain injury from a stroke can affect senses, speech and understanding of speech, mobility, behavior and thought processes as well as emotions and memory. Often individuals experience paralysis or weakness on one side of the body.

Stroke Warning Signs

Stroke Risk Factors

Knowing what the risk factors are for a stroke can lower one’s risk. Some can be controlled, and others cannot be changed. The more risk factors one has, the greater one’s chance of having a stroke.

Risk factors that cannot be changed

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Heredity

Risk factors that can be changed, treated or controlled with lifestyle changes or medication

  • Tobacco use
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Other factors

  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Diet and nutrition

Stroke Rehabilitation and Support

Inpatient Therapy

Comprehensive stroke rehabilitation is offered at Community Rehabilitation Hospital. Monthly stroke support groups are also available there. They are open to anyone recovering from a stroke.

When: Third Tuesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m.
Where: Community Rehab Hospital, First Floor Day Room
RSVP: For more information, please call Beth Edwards at 317-585-5400.


The Neuro Specialty Program offered through Community Physical Therapy and Rehab provides outpatient treatment for adults with acquired neurological disorders, including stroke. To learn more, call 317-621-3000.

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