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Complete Care for When Every Minute Counts

Samaritan Stroke Services has the knowledge and experience you need if you have a stroke. Our award winning stroke care team includes emergency room doctors, neurologists, nurses, speech language therapists and many others who work together to stop and reverse the damaging effects of a stroke. Because every minute counts, we work closely with regional EMTs to be sure patients receive timely treatment for stroke. 

We are proud to provide outstanding health care to our Oregon communities including Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Newport, Salem and neighboring areas.

What is a stroke?
A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked and can’t supply blood, and the oxygen in your blood, to the brain. Brain tissue dies without oxygen and blood flow must be restored. “Clot-buster” drugs must be given within three hours from when the stroke first started.

What are the kinds of strokes?
There are two kinds of strokes. In an ischemic stroke, a blood clot blocks or plugs a blood vessel or artery in the brain. About 85% of all stroked are ischemic. In a hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain breaks and bleeds into the brain. About 15% of strokes are hemorrhagic.

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Stroke Risk Factors

You will want to know your risk factors and talk with your doctor about them. Some risk factors you can change, and some you can’t.

Risk factors you can’t change:

  • Previous heart attack
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Family history

Risk factors you CAN change:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease (especially atrial fibrillation)
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Metabolic syndrome (a group of risk factors from this list)
  • Drinking a lot of alcohol
  • Previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes called a warning stroke

Are You Having a Stroke?


Every minute counts if you are having a stroke. Learn the symptoms and what you can do to improve the chances for a successful recovery.

Balance – Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
Eyes – Is there sudden blurred or double vision or sudden, persistent vision trouble?
Face – Ask the person to smile. Is one or both sides of the face drooping?
Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one side drift down? Is there weakness or numbness on one side?
Speech – Does the person have slurred or garbled speech? Can they repeat simple phrases?
Time – If you see any of these signs, call 911 immediately!


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Stroke Facts

  • Each year 795,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke
  • Every 40 seconds someone will have a stroke
  • Every three minutes someone dies from a stroke -- it’s the third leading cause of death
  • Close to 46,000 more women than men will have a stroke
  • Twice as many women die from strokes as from breast cancer every year
  • 30–50% of stroke survivors do not regain functional independence

Did You Know?

There are four distinct phases of stroke care: in the hospital; in an inpatient-care or skilled-nursing facility; home-based care; and reintegration into your life and your community. 

Contact Us

Samaritan Stroke Services
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
3600 SW Samaritan Drive
Corvallis, OR 97330