Donate to Stroke Research, Patient Care and Education

A stroke, or a brain attack, occurs when the blood flowing to the brain is obstructed. This condition must be taken seriously, for it is often fatal. Northwestern Medicine’s scientists are some of the nation’s leaders in stroke research, improving stroke outcomes with each of their many breakthroughs each year.

Your donation funds our effort to discover better treatment and prevention options for those who are at risk for having a stroke.

There are two distinct types of stroke:

  • Ischemic stroke: a blood vessel that carries blood to the brain develops a clot, preventing blood from reaching the brain
  • Hemorrhagic stroke: one of the brain’s blood vessels ruptures and blood leaks into the brain

Strokes often lead to brain damage because the brain requires constant blood flow to keep its brain cells alive. If a stroke occurs, insufficient blood flow can cause permanent impairment to many of the brain’s functions. Depending on which region of the brain is affected, a stroke may result in hindered ability to speak, move, and remember events and/or information. Experiencing stroke symptoms can induce depression, a feeling of helplessness, and frustration, and an inability to think clearly. Strokes have the potential to drastically alter someone’s life; Northwestern Memorial Foundation needs your support to continue our tireless research.

Different kinds of strokes have different risks associated with them. For example, a TIA (transient ischemic attack) is a stroke with symptoms lasting fewer than 24 hours. These symptoms will go away on their own, but are often a precursor to a more serious stroke, like a full Ischemic stroke. More than 80 percent of all strokes are Ischemic strokes; blood clots (from plaque or fatty deposits in blood vessels) prevent blood from reaching the brain.

Less common than the Ischemic stroke is the Hemorrhagic stroke, accounting for less than 20 percent of all strokes. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weak or diseased blood vessel ruptures, flooding part of the brain with blood. This is called a brain aneurysm (the weakening and rupturing of a blood vessel). All strokes must be acted on urgently and require advanced treatment. Northwestern Medicine remains at the forefront of stroke research, thanks to your generous financial support.

Time is of the essence when a patient is experiencing a stroke. The Mobile Stroke Unit at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is designed to shorten the delivery time of life-saving stroke treatments by offering highly specialized stroke care to the patient in the field.

Northwestern Medicine is the first in Illinois to receive approval by the State of Illinois to operate a Mobile Stroke Unit. The specialized ambulance is equipped with a 16-slice CT scanner to take detailed images of the brain, a direct telemedicine connection to neurologists at CDH and clot-busting medication.

This was made possible through generous donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, but more help is needed.

Strokes are most common in people over 65; however, anyone with a cardiovascular illness is at risk. If a close relative has had a stroke, your risk of having one is higher. African-Americans are at the most risk of having a fatal stroke, due to their heightened risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Your risk of having a stroke increases by 10 times if you have already had a TIA or more severe stroke. High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, artery disease, smoking, insufficient physical activity, stress, and substance abuse are all factors greatly increasing your risk of having a stroke. Northwestern Memorial Foundation needs your help to continue funding research to protect you and your loved ones from a stroke.

Stroke Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Every dollar counts when supporting research on such a widespread, serious condition like having a stroke. Your donation allows Northwestern Medicine to continue offering Stroke Support Groups, therapy, and rehabilitation for stroke survivors. In addition, your contribution helps Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center improve stroke outcomes for all stroke sufferers. Help prevent stroke today.

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