A stroke can happen to anyone. Some facts may surprise you:
- Stroke is the leading cause of serious disability in the U.S.
- Each year, strokes kill more women than breast cancer.
- One-third of strokes happen to people under age 65.
Find Out Your Stroke Risk
Find out if you're at risk for stroke and get a free personalized report to share with your doctor. Use this free, online tool to calculate your stroke risk.
Larry Baker: Stroke Survivor
Larry Baker has lived in Madison County, Virginia for 38 years. One morning Baker woke up and started to feel dizzy. Quickly realizing he was having a stroke, he called 911 and was airlifted to UVA Medical Center.
Time is critical when treating stroke patients. Baker was given tPA within 19 minutes — a new UVA record.
Baker walked away without any lingering signs of stroke. He is now able to continue his lifestyle and has a trip planned to Ecuador.
Learn about the awards we've won for stroke care and what sets our stroke center apart.
We treat many types of stroke, including:
- Carotid and vertebrobasilar disease
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Ischemic stroke
Find out about the treatments we offer for stroke.
Telehealth for Stroke
With numerous grants, we've developed a telehealth program that extends our services. Using broadband technology, our board-certified stroke neurologists can assess patients on-screen hundreds of miles away. High-definition equipment can help determine if key life-saving medications should be administered.
Read more about our telestroke program.
Deb Owens: Giving Back After a Stroke Scare
Deb Owens is a neonatal nurse practitioner at UVA Medical Center. In the spring of 2015, she went home with a headache, something she thought was fairly typical. After a few days, other symptoms started to arise.
Owens followed up with a neuro-ophthalmologist who told her she was likely having a stroke. Owens has had follow-up care from Andrew Southerland, MD, of the UVA Stroke Center.
A global, large-scale study on the genetics of ischemic stroke may lead to tests that could predict your stroke risk.
Other recent studies on stroke include: