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Clinical care for stroke patients is provided at 11 hospitals in our stroke system of care in the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. Clinical services are provided for patients with acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. In total, our system provides care to over 4000 patients per year with cerebrovascular disorders. Our clinical services are tightly linked to our research platforms in acute stroke, brain hemorrhage, stroke prevention, and recovery.
Stroke is a preventable disease with devastating consequences. The risk of stroke can be decreased by addressing and controlling risk factors. Risk factors are medical conditions or lifestyle practices that can increase one's chance of having a stroke.
At the STEP Clinic, we know that risk factor control and lifestyle change take time. We help patients identify and control risk factors and take steps towards improving dietary habits and increasing physical activity.
Our staff is trained to recognize the many consequences of stroke including depression, fatigue, and changes in thinking and memory. Identification of these and other consequences is important for stroke recovery.
Patients and families have many concerns after a stroke or TIA occurs. These include questions about medications and their side effects, returning to work, driving, and many others. At the STEP Clinic, we work hard to address these concerns.