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Stroke Centers

With a stroke, time isn't on your side, we are

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.

The hospitals of Rochester Regional Health lead our area in both the number of stroke cases treated and the proven processes by which treatment is delivered. Our experience allows us to provide fast, reliable diagnoses, exceptional care and specialized follow-up.

George Fustor trusted the stroke team that provides care to the most patients in the Rochester area and he's made remarkable progress since suffering a stroke in 2017. 

Teams of dedicated stroke care experts, close to you

Three out of every four stroke patients don't receive treatment fast enough for the best chance of a full recovery. It's very important to know the location of the nearest hospital with teams qualified to provide essential, life-saving stroke care.

Rochester Regional Health includes four New York State-certified Primary Stroke Centers. At Rochester General, Unity, United Medical Memorial Center and Newark-Wayne Community hospitals, specialized stroke teams apply intensive training using the most advanced technology. These physicians, neurosurgeons, nurses, pharmacists and therapists work seamlessly to deliver nationally recognized stroke care.

  • Trained stroke specialists in each emergency department work around the clock to provide rapid assessment and highly effective treatment

  • Rochester General Hospital's biplane angiography unit enables complete care for even the most advanced stroke cases.
  • Our stroke care program includes the region's only comprehensive Stroke Rehabilitation Unit and other patient-focused rehabilitation services, plus an array of post-discharge follow-up resources.

Know your risk factors, and how to lower them

The chances of having a stroke increase with an array of medical and lifestyle-oriented risk factors:

  • Medical factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, hardening of the arteries, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation and circulation problems.

  • Among the leading lifestyle factors that can lead to stroke are the use of tobacco and alcohol products; and obesity, particularly when linked to physical inactivity.

Lifestyle risk factors can often be changed, and medical risk factors can often be treated. Learn more about how to lower your risk for stroke.

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Time is brain: What happens during stroke treatment.

  • Dedicated stroke care experts in Rochester Regional emergency departments will work quickly to determine the treatment for your type of stroke. Their techniques may include imaging of the brain with a CT scan or MRI scan, blood work and use of a heart monitor.

  • For some types of stroke a time-sensitive medication to break up blood clots may be administered, but the treatment window closes in a matter of hours. For this reason it is important to remember what time the symptoms of stroke began.

  • If your stroke is caused by a bleeding vessel in your brain, a neurosurgeon may be contacted.

After the stroke: Planning your recovery

Once a skilled emergency team has provided the necessary treatment to break up the blood clot or stop the bleeding that caused your stroke, the recovery process can begin to help restore as much function as possible.

A rehabilitation needs assessment will determine the types of rehab services that may help you. These may include speech, physical and occupational therapy, among other forms of rehabilitation.

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