Stroke treatment in Idaho Falls, Idaho

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho is home to the region’s only Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission. This means that if you or a loved one experiences a stroke, our facility provides the best, most advanced stroke treatment available in the area. 

If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Stroke is a medical emergency requiring immediate medical attention.

What is a stroke?

A stroke happens when a blood vessel carrying oxygen to the brain becomes blocked or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain no longer receives the oxygen it needs, and the tissue in that area starts to die.

At Eastern Idaho Regional, we take an aggressive, multidisciplinary approach to stroke treatment with expertise from neurologists, registered nurses, dieticians, interventional radiologists and other stroke care specialists. 

Types of stroke

There are two types of stroke. As a Primary Stroke Center, we can quickly diagnose the difference.

  • Ischemic stroke is a clot that blocks blood flow in the brain
  • Hemorrhagic stroke is a bleed that sometimes may be too massive to resolve

The vast majority of strokes are ischemic (clots), but regardless of the type of stroke, we have treatment options at our fingertips.

Signs and symptoms of stroke

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are stroke symptoms that go away shortly after starting due to momentary blockages, but produce no lasting damage. Even if your symptoms disappear entirely, it is critical that you follow up with a neurologist to assess your continued risk of stroke.

To recognize warning signs of stroke, remember BE FAST.

  • B stands for balance: Ask the patient if they can walk. Do they veer to one side? Are they dizzy?
  • E stands for Eyes: Cover one eye at a time and ask if they have vision changes.F stands for face: Ask the person to smile. See if one side of the mouth droops.
  • A stands for arms: Ask the person to lift both arms. See if one uncontrollably lowers.
  • S stands for speech: Ask the person to repeat simple phrases to see if there is difficulty or confusion.
  • T stands for time: If a person exhibits any of these symptoms, time is of the essence. Call 911 immediately. Tell the dispatcher you think it may be a stroke.

Additional warning signs of stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden dizziness, loss of coordination or balance or trouble walking
  • Sudden severe headache with no obvious cause

Nationally recognized stroke treatment center in Idaho Falls

The Joint Commission awards hospitals with an advanced certification in Primary Stroke based on a rigorous examination process to identify facilities that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in providing stroke care. Some of the protocols include:

  • Consistent use of IV tPA therapy (clot-breaking medication)
  • 24/7 availability of a neurologist or interventional radiologist
  • Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
  • Designated stroke team
  • Coordinated stroke response with area emergency crews

 Joint Commission’s National Quality Approval logo Stroke data is analyzed and reported regularly to achieve continuous improvement, to exceed standards of care resulting in improved patient outcomes and to maintain certification.

Additionally, we're proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association with the "Stroke Gold Plus Award" for our excellence in implementing the Get With The Guidelines® program.

American Heart Association - Get with the guidelines - Gold Plus Stroke Award

Stroke rehabilitation program

Our goal for stroke rehabilitation is the same as yours: to maximize recovery so you can return to the fullest level of independence possible. Both the stroke patient and their family participate in stroke therapy planning, and each program is designed to ensure that all the necessary support services are provided.

Our rehabilitation therapy team includes specialists in:

Stroke risk factors

The vast majority of strokes occur in people 60 years old and older, but risk factors can make people as young as 40 years old highly susceptible as well. Controlling risk factors for heart disease will also help in stroke prevention. Stroke risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking

Women’s risk for stroke

Stroke is the third–leading cause of death for women. Stroke experts now believe that risk is tied to hormones, reproductive health, pregnancy and childbirth.

The American Heart Association and America Stroke Association provide scientific-based recommendations for decreasing women’s risk of stroke, including:

Visit the Go Red for Women website to read the guidelines for lowering women’s risk of stroke.

Learn more about your risk for stroke

To learn if you are at risk for stroke, attend a free stroke seminar.