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UI Health Stroke Institute

Every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke, the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Knowing the warning signs can help save the life of someone you love.

UI Health is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center with a team of physicians from several disciplines working together to provide the highest level of stroke treatment 24/7.

Jason suffered two strokes, but thanks to the Comprehensive Stroke Center at UI Health, he's back on the court. His This is Personal video shows why he and Dr. Alaraj make a great team. 

Ali Alaraj Video

Dr. Alaraj treats patients with stroke and wants to raise awareness of the devastating disease.

Am I at Risk for Stroke?

Many people think a stroke only affects the elderly, a common misconception. It can happen to anyone, at any time, regardless of age, gender, or race. However, up to 80% of strokes are preventable. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle plays a big role in stroke prevention, as common risk factors for stroke include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Smoking

Time Saved = Brain Saved

For every minute that a stroke goes untreated, 2 million neurons in the brain die, increasing the chances of long-term damage. The sooner you get to the hospital and the sooner you get intervention, the faster the recovery.

If you develop or see someone developing symptoms suggestive of a stroke - even if there is no pain - you have to think F.A.S.T.

Face Arm Speech Time

  • Face - Uneven smile
  • Arm - Arm weakness or numbness
  • Speech - Slurred speech or difficulty talking
  • Time - You have to act quickly - call 911 immediately
“Without UI Health, I absolutely know I wouldn’t be alive today and I would not be doing as well as I am … UI Health has been a lifeline for me.”

“I was grateful to be at UI Health because the nurses, the physicians, the staff were all amazing. Everybody was just genuine and caring. I felt like everyone was invested in me and my recovery.”

In the event of stroke emergency, it's important to act FAST. The Chicago Fire Soccer Club and UI Health are educating the community on stroke prevention and care ahead of Stroke Awareness Night at Toyota Park on Saturday, May 28. ;

As a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center, UI Health has to be part of your stroke plan. We provide the highest level of stroke care 24/7.

WGN Features UI Health’s Comprehensive Stroke Center and How Thinking F.A.S.T Can Save Lives.