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A woman exhibiting the classic stroke symptom of a drooping face.

Stroke Center

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.

Stroke Center

Learn about our stroke center, and how the team is on call around the clock to quickly provide appropriate treatment for stroke patients.
A woman exhibiting the classic stroke symptom of a drooping face.

Stroke Center

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.

Larry Baker: Stroke Survivor

  • Watch this video about Larry Baker's experience surviving a stroke.

    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.

    Watch Baker tell his stroke story.


    Learn about the awards we've won for stroke care and what sets our stroke center apart.

Advanced Stroke Care

Stroke Treatment

We are proud to be named a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest level of certification available from The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Just 3 percent of hospitals nationwide have earned this certification from the Joint Commission. We are one of three Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Virginia.

Comprehensive Stroke Center certification means our team is ready 24/7 to deliver the most advanced care for stroke, stroke complications and meets rigorous standards for caring for the most complex stroke cases.

The Most Advanced Treatment for Stroke

Comprehensive stroke centers are the only stroke centers to offer:

  • Care for all types of strokes, including bleeding (hemorrhagic), like those caused by brain aneurysms
  • 24/7 access to advanced treatment options, including minimally invasive catheter procedures
  • 24/7 access to complex neurosurgical treatments, including brain aneurysm clipping, vascular malformation surgery and carotid endarterectomy
  • Neuroscience intensive care unit (ICU) staffed by care providers with specialized training in neurocritical care and featuring advanced technology for treating stroke
  • Accepts patients transferred from other stroke centers

We treat many types of stroke, including:

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 to countries worldwide. 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.

Patient Story

Deb Owens: Giving Back After a Stroke Scare

Watch this video about Deb Owens' stroke story.

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.

Watch her story.

 

Stroke Research

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Questions About Stroke Risk, Prevention, Treatment?

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