Expert stroke treatment in Sebring, Florida

The expert stroke team at Highlands Regional Medical Center delivers life-saving stroke care around the clock. We provide comprehensive stroke treatments and technologies to minimize the long-term effects of a stroke.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. To learn more about our stroke services, call (863) 385-6101.

Stroke care you can trust

You can count on the expert stroke care you'll receive at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Our emergency room (ER) is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and specialists are always onsite to provide care with:

  • Speed—Stroke treatment administered within three hours of when symptoms begin can reduce the effects of a stroke. Emergency medical specialists are always available to provide immediate, life-saving care.
  • Expertise—The medical staff at Highlands Regional, including doctors, nurses and emergency professionals, are specially trained to identify stroke symptoms and administer the latest treatments.
  • Technology—Highlands Regional is equipped with the most advanced testing and imaging technology available. This allows medical staff to identify the type of stroke within minutes and begin treatment.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a medical emergency that requires a visit to your nearest ER. A stroke occurs when there is a blockage in blood flow, resulting in reduced supply of oxygen to the brain. There are two main types of stroke:

Ischemic stroke

An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot keeps blood from flowing to the brain. The blood clot is often caused by fatty deposits on the inner lining of a blood vessel or could travel to the brain from another part of the body.

Hemorrhagic stroke

A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures. The rupture is commonly caused by hypertension (high blood pressure).

Stroke symptoms

Symptoms of a stroke occur suddenly and can differ depending on the part of the brain affected. Getting help immediately is imperative.

Seek emergency care right away if you notice symptoms such as:

  • Weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

For more information on stroke symptoms, please visit The American Stroke Association.

Stroke treatments

Evidence shows that timely stroke treatment from a skilled team can greatly increase your chances of recovery. The stroke care experts at Highlands Regional are equipped to deliver life-saving care for ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.

They can perform the latest minimally invasive treatment options, including but not limited to:

  • Angioplasty and stent placement open blocked arteries and veins.
  • Embolizing agents (clotting medications) stop blood flow resulting from hemorrhagic strokes.
  • Thrombolytic therapy dissolves clots with medicine to treat ischemic strokes.
  • Minimally invasive surgery removes a clot, or repairs arteries and veins.

Stroke rehabilitation

Rehabilitation after a stroke is an important step in the recovery process to help individuals regain independence. Highlands Regional provides superior physical therapy and rehabilitation/ services for specialized stroke recovery services and personalized assistance to help patients meet their goals.