Education, Treatment & Support

About Stroke

Cerebrovascular disease refers to a group of conditions that affect the supply of blood to the brain, causing limited or no blood flow to the affected areas. One such condition is stroke. A stroke can occur when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain becomes blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and it starts to die.

Types of Stroke

Ischemic Stroke (Clots). An ischemic stroke is most common and is caused when a blood vessel inside the brain is clogged or blocked off.

Hemorrhagic Stroke (Bleeds). This is caused when a blood vessel in the brain bursts causing blood to leak into the brain tissue and is called an intracerebral hemorrhage. Another type of hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened vessel leaks into the area around the brain and is called a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). This is a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. Since it doesn’t cause permanent damage, it might seem like no big deal. But ignoring it is a big mistake because a TIA may signal a full-blown stroke ahead.

Patient Education and Support

Aphasia Support Group

Aphasia is a common effect of stroke that results in difficulty with speaking, listening, reading, and/or writing. An Aphasia support group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 1-2 p.m., in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital on the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus. For more information, contact Jenna Crosby, MSP, CCC-SLP, CBIS, at 864-455-4449 or Jenna.Durham@prismahealth.org.

Brain Aneurysm Support Group

This group offers support for brain aneurysm patients, and families or caregivers, in an open forum setting. Patients and families share their experiences to support and educate other survivors of brain aneurysm along with their caregivers. Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday every other month from 5:30-7 p.m.  Click here to view specific dates. Contact Julie Hunter at 803-622-2712 or julie.hunter@yahoo.com.

Stroke Support Group

Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital hosts a stroke support group meeting on the 1st Tuesday of each month, 1-2 p.m., in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital. The meeting is open to anyone in the community. Join us for support, information and fellowship. For more information, contact Whitney Coe at 864-455-3915 or Whitney.Coe@prismahealth.org.

Senior man having a stroke. He is experiencing facial weakness. A woman is phoning for an ambulance.
With strokes, it pays to BE FAST

Two million brain cells die each minute after a stroke occurs. The sooner you recognize the symptoms and seek help, the better. Every minute from stoke to treatment counts. This is why we say, with stroke-time equals brain.

Balance: The sudden onset of loss of balance

Eyes: A change in eyesight—blurred vision, double vision, loss of vision

Face: When you smile one side of the face does not move

Arms: The arm doesn’t move or it drifts when you try to move it

Speech: Trouble producing or understanding speech (for instance, slurring your words)

Time: If you see any of these symptoms, call 911. The key to effective stroke treatment is early symptom recognition and getting to the hospital for treatment.