Stroke Prevention and Treatment at Hegg Health Center in Rock Valley, IA.

Stroke Prevention and Treatment at Hegg

Hegg Health Center is a local leader in the treatment and prevention of stroke.

If you have a stroke, there’s no better place in Northwest Iowa to be treated.

Hegg Health Center is honored to receive a three-year grant as part of the Iowa-wide Lifeline Stroke Post-Acute Care initiative by the American Heart Association. As one of 31 facilities across the state committed to enhancing stroke patient care, Hegg Health Center is dedicated to making a significant impact on recovery and rehabilitation outcomes.

Stroke Treatments Offered at Hegg in Rock Valley

Stroke Symptoms to Watch For

Stroke symptoms can be different for every person. Symptoms can wax or wane over the course of a few hours. It is not possible to know how severe a stroke will become or how long it will persist. Call 911 immediately or present to the Emergency Room (ER) if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
  • Difficulty speaking or trouble understanding what others are saying; slurred speech
  • Trouble seeing or loss of vision
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Difficulty walking or falling
  • A sudden, severe headache characterized by a stiff neck, facial pain, pain between the eyes, and vomiting

The acronym BE FAST can help you identify if you or someone else may be having a stroke. If you notice any of these signs, get medical help immediately.

Stroke awareness at Hegg Health Center: 24/7 emergency, medical clinic, swing bed and rehabilitation

What are Risk Factors for Strokes?

Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability and one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It is important to know the risk factors for strokes and how to best avoid them. Many of the risk factors can be eliminated with lifestyle changes. These risk factors include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes. Additional risk factors for strokes include the following:

  • Prior stroke or TIA
  • Prior heart attack
  • A family history of stroke
  • Obesity
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Inactivity/sedentary lifestyle
  • Use of birth control or other hormone therapies
  • Pregnancy
  • Heavy or binge drinking
  • Recreational Drug Use

Stroke Facts

Below are the top facts and statistics about stroke in the United States according to the CDC:

  • Stroke increases with age, but strokes can – and do – occur at any age
  • Nearly 800,000 strokes occur every year in America
  • Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke
  • About a quarter of strokes happen to people under the age of 65
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity and diabetes are leading causes of stroke; 1 in 3 U.S. adults has at least one of these conditions or habits
  • Nearly 1 in 4 strokes are repeat strokes
  • About 87% of strokes are ischemic strokes, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked
  • Stroke is a leading cause of disability; stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 or older

Swing Bed (Transitional Care)

Receiving extended care far from home can complicate life and make your health situation even more stressful. Swing bed, or transitional care, is a service offered by Hegg Acute Care that provides patients with a chance to recover in a transitional care setting and receive rehabilitation multiple times a day. Swing bed can be especially beneficial for post-stroke patients as it allows an opportunity to recover at the hospital near friends and family, when it’s not quite safe to go back home.

The role of the transitional care program at Hegg Health Center is to offer more intensive therapy as compared to outpatient therapy. Swing bed patients will receive multiple sessions of therapy per day while an outpatient may only receive two sessions per week.

Post-Stroke Rehabilitation

Hegg Rehabilitation & Wellness logo with brain image and text reading "LIFE AFTER A STROKE"

Rehabilitation plays a crucial role in recovering from a stroke. While it cannot undo the damage caused by the stroke, the objective is to regain as much independence as possible by enhancing your physical, mental, and emotional abilities. Various therapies will be tailored to your specific requirements to help you relearn skills that were impaired by the stroke. The areas of focus in rehabilitation therapy, determined by which parts of the brain were impacted, may include movement, speech, strength, and daily activities like eating, dressing, or shopping. Stroke rehab is advised for everyone who has experienced a stroke, as those who engage in rehabilitation tend to achieve better recovery outcomes.

Post-stroke rehabilitation services may include:

Depending on your specific needs, services to improve your independence may include relearning skills such as:

  • Self-care: feeding, grooming, bathing, toileting and dressing
  • Mobility: transferring from chair to bed/bed to chair, walking or self-propelling a wheelchair
  • Speech: communicating and language therapy
  • Cognitive: memory recall and problem solving
  • Social: interacting with other people
  • Work: vocational evaluation, driver’s training and programs to improve your physical and emotional stamina so you can go back to work


We will obtain a prior-authorization from your insurance if needed. Ask your insurance carrier about their rehabilitation and swing bed coverage policies. Hegg Health Center will bill you for performing your acute and post-acute care.

Contact Us

Hegg Health Center Medical Clinic
1202 21st Ave, Rock Valley, IA 51247
Phone: (712) 476-8100 | Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F

Hegg 24/7 Emergency
1202 21st Ave, Rock Valley, IA 51247
Phone: (712) 476-8040 | Hours: 24/7, 365 days a year

Hegg Rehabilitation & Wellness
1202 21st Ave, Rock Valley, IA 51247
Phone: (712) 476-8080 | Hours: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F