Brain and Spine
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. The faster the stroke is treated, the more likely the patient is to recover. Help save a life by recognizing the signs of a stroke, and where to go for help if and when it strikes.
Rochester General Hospital has received the Healthgrades 100 Best Stroke Care Award four years in a row (2017-2020) and is among the top 1% in the nation for stroke care. We have been consistently and nationally recognized for neurosciences excellence and traumatic brain injury treatment.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing damage to nearly two million brain cells every minute. "Time is brain" during a stroke, so it's important for a patient to get help as quickly as possible from medical professionals highly trained in stroke diagnosis and treatment.
There are two types of strokes:
Up to 80% of strokes are preventable through risk factor management. High blood pressure is the single most important treatable risk factor for stroke. Preventing, diagnosing, and controlling it through lifestyle changes and medicine are critical to reducing stroke risks.
There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk for stroke:
Our acute stroke team of physicians, neurosurgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and therapists are specialists in stroke treatment. With rigorous training in rapid-response procedures, we work seamlessly to deliver nationally recognized stroke care.
Our care teams' focus is on quickly assessing our patients, providing treatments that can save their lives, limit long-term disability, prevent complications, and decrease the risk of having another stroke.
Stroke care starts before the patient arrives at the hospital.
Rochester Regional Health carefully coordinates efforts with local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to make sure that high-quality care begins en-route to a Rochester Regional Health hospital. We require EMS to notify us of potential incoming stroke patients, so our stroke team can be assembled and ready when the patient arrives. We also provide EMS teams with ongoing education on the latest stroke protocols.
Effective treatment will depend on the type of stroke a patient is having. For all people with stroke, we need to determine why the stroke occurred in order to prevent future strokes.
Our stroke doctors use a wide variety of advanced diagnostic tests and work alongside other Rochester Regional Health specialists to reach a clear and definitive diagnosis.
Diagnostic tests may include:
Post-stroke treatment at Rochester Regional Health focuses on recovery, rehabilitation, adaptation to persistent neurologic deficits, and preventing recurrent strokes.
Our inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation facilities rebuild their lives, restoring function and independence as much as possible.
A rehabilitation-needs-assessment will determine the types of rehab services a stroke patient may need. These may include speech, physical and occupational therapy, among other forms of rehabilitation.
Our Stroke Wellness Program extends the continuum of care for stroke survivors allowing them to stay active and improve their health after their formal rehabilitation has ended. Stroke patients receive customized exercise programs and holistic wellness education to support the goal of restoring strength, endurance, and agility after a stroke and reduce the risk for recurrent stroke.
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Rochester Regional Health offers a Stroke Education Group to provide support and education for stroke survivors and caregivers in a positive and accepting environment. Members have an opportunity to share their experiences, and learn about prevention for a recurrent stroke.
Rochester Regional Health is dedicated to delivering the highest standard of care to meet the specialized needs of people affected by stroke. We implement aggressive protocols and stroke treatment quality measures that are given to reduce complications and improve quality of life for stroke patients.
The care we provide is meticulously managed to comply with the latest standards in stroke treatment required by the New York State Health Department.
Our unique stroke nurse navigator model is the only one of its kind in the Rochester area. Your stroke nurse navigator helps manage your care from the minute you come into our hospital until you are able to return home - and even helps coordinate your continued outpatient clinical and therapy appointments and medical treatment. We offer education, support, and a shoulder to lean on for patients and families.
As a comprehensive stroke center, Rochester General Hospital participates in multiple clinical research studies (clinical trials). Conducting clinical trials allows us to offer the latest, cutting-edge treatments to our patients and gives them the opportunity to contribute to the improvement of care for future patients.
Call (585) 922-5365 to learn more about our current clinical research studies
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