Kettering Health Network (KHN) has consistently been a trusted name in stroke care for Dayton area residents. The Wallace-Kettering Neuroscience Institute (WKNI) as part of KHN, has four accredited stroke centers, as distinguished by The Joint Commission or Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). With their remarkable expertise and firm grasp on the importance of promoting prevention and educating to the community, the WKNI Stroke Team brings Dayton area residents unparalleled comprehensive stroke care.

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Stroke is:

  • The leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death
  • 700,000 Americans suffer from strokes every year and one-third are severely impaired
  • Occurs every 45 seconds 150,000 American stroke victims die each year
  • A recurrent stroke occurs within one year in 15% and up to 42% will have a second stroke within five years
  • Risk increases with age, is more common in adults over 65 years, but can occur at any age

Brain attack, or stroke occurs when there is an interruption of blood flow in the brain. This interruption is caused by a blood clot that occludes an artery or a blood vessel that breaks, injuring brain cells surrounding the area. More than 80% of strokes are ischemic, or a result of a clot. The clot may be either thrombotic or embolic. Thrombotic stroke occurs when a clot builds around blood-vessel deposits until the artery becomes blocked.

Many strokes can be prevented by reducing risks through lifestyle changes:

  • Blood pressure control
  • Weight loss
  • Low-fat diet lowering cholesterol
  • Exercise
  • Not smoking
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Control heart rate irregularities such as atrial fibrillation
  • Blood sugar control in diabetics through proper diet and exercise

Common signs and symptoms are:

  • Weakness, numbness or paralysis of face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body
  • Difficulty walking, loss of balance or coordination
  • Problem with speaking, slurred speech, or inability to understand simple statements
  • Sudden severe headache, usually described as the worst headache of your life
  • Sudden change in vision, blurry, double, dimming or visual loss


Recognizing time loss is brain loss, the WKNI Stroke Team works fast and efficiently in providing stroke-stopping treatment that, if caught in time, can reverse the damage of a stroke.

Kettering Medical Center and the WKNI Stroke Team have administered t-PA to many patients. The staff at Kettering and the WKNI Stroke Team recognize stroke as an emergency and have made diagnosis and prompt treatment a priority. That's just one of the reasons Kettering Medical Center is ranked one of the top 5% in the nation for stroke care by HealthGrades for many years.