Time is Brain 

A stroke happens when the blood flow to your brain is cut off, caused by a blood clot or build up. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and the leading cause of adult disability. When blood can’t reach your brain, it’s a race against the clock to boost your chances of survival and improve your quality of life. Learn more about the types of stroke and the risk factors for stroke.


Aurora BayCare is committed to improving stroke care to save lives. Previously, the standard treatment for an acute ischemic stroke required medical treatment within three hours of stroke onset. (This could be extended to four and a half hours in certain patient treatments.)

But now, with neurointervention procedures, some blood clots can still be removed hours later.  These new techniques widen the window of time we have to respond, allowing us to restore blood flood to the brain. That means better patient outcomes, including lower rates of death or disability. Hear real life testimonials from those whose lives have been saved by our team on our Real People, Real Stories in Neuroscience page.

The New Standard Is Here

Our stroke care standards include:

  • Primary Stroke Center with comprehensive capabilities 
  • The largest neurointervention team of specialists including the region's first and only interventional neurologist and cerebrovascular neurosurgeon
  • Emergency stroke program - emergency department trained in acute stroke response
  • Dedicated stroke units
  • Telestroke Program - 24/7 access to acute stroke care in rural areas
  • Neurosurgical services and acute stroke teams available 24/7
  • Diagnostic and neuroimaging services available 24/7
  • Stroke rehab and stroke support group
  • Recognized as Wisconsin Department of Health Services Coverdell Stroke Program Champion for superior stroke education and care improvement
  • Earned multiple American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus awards for consecutive months of commitment to excellent stroke care

Warning Signs of a Stroke

Fewer than one in five Americans can identify even one stroke symptom. That’s why Aurora BayCare is asking people to learn F.A.S.T.!

F - Face (Ask a person to smile. Does one side of the face sag or droop?)

A - Arms (Ask a person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?)

S - Speech (Ask the person to repeat a single sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?)

T - Time (Seconds matter. Call 911 or get to the nearest primary stroke center or hospital.)

Learn more about recognizing a stroke.

Dr. Darkhabani discusses the importance of fast stroke treatment with WIXX's Nick Vitrano: 

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