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Our physicians, nurses and support professionals work together as a team to provide specialized care if you or a loved one suffers a stroke. And after a stroke, we’re here for you with award-winning stroke care services to help in recovery.

Awards

  • Joint Commission Gold Seal symbol of quality as a Comprehensive Stroke Center: The highest level of stroke program certification for hospitals, and one of only 26 in California and in the Central Valley
    • American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Heart Check issued in collaboration with the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification
  • American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Heart Check issued in collaboration with the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification
  • Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Award from the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association

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What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted or blocked

  • Clot (Ischemic)
  • Bleed (hemorrhagic)

When this happens, brain cells in the immediate area start to die because they do not get the oxygen and nutrients they need to function properly. A stroke can lead to disabilities such as paralysis, cognitive deficits, speech and emotional problems, pain and numbness.

MAJOR RISK FACTORS FOR STROKE:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Smoking/alcohol use
  • Illicit Drug Use
  • Family history of stroke
  • Being 55 or older

The best way to treat a stroke is to prevent it from happening. Talk to your doctor if you think you might be at risk of a stroke.

Be fast

If you or someone you are with is suffering a stroke, learning the warning signs can save a life. BE FAST!

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Stroke treatment at Doctors Medical Center

Immediate treatment is critical for patients who are suffering a stroke. At Doctor’s Medical Center, the collaboration of emergency, critical care, neurology, neurosurgery and neurointerventional services are important. Each provides a separate service. The neuro interventional radiologist may perform minimally invasive procedures that involve a catheter being inserted into a blood vessel in the brain to remove blood clots or stop any bleeding. With the goal of providing our patients with the highest level of care, this procedure decreases risks and may shorten hospital stays, reducing recovery time.

Doctor’s Medical Center also provides Stroke Support Groups. Please visit “Events” for times and locations.

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