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America's 100 Best Stroke Care

Our team at Rochester General Hospital has received the Healthgrades 100 Best Stroke Care Award for 4 years in a row (2017-2020) and is among the top 1% in the nation for stroke care. We have also been consistently and nationally recognized for neurosciences excellence and traumatic brain injury treatment.
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Top Stroke Care, When and Where You Need It

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. Our network consists of three Primary Stroke certified centers and one Comprehensive Stroke certified center in the Rochester Region. Learn more about our Stroke Centers: 

Our Stroke Experts 

At Rochester General, Unity Hospital, 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. 

Learning About Preventing Stroke And Stroke Treatments

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 how you can lower your risk for having a stroke

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 or neurointerventional surgeon 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. Learn more about stroke rehabilitation services in Rochester.