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Advanced Primary Stroke Center at UPMC Hamot

Stroke patients need care - fast. The quicker a stroke patient receives treatment, the more likely he or she will have a successful recovery, which is why it matters where you go for stroke care.
UPMC Hamot offers advanced stroke treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing round-the-clock access to neurosurgery, neurointerventional radiology, and neurology services, as well as a dedicated inpatient stroke intensive care unit, rehabilitation services, and follow up care.
A recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus award​, UPMC Hamot is also certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

Types of Stroke

  • Ischemic stroke – when a clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke – when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA) – also known as a “mini stroke,” also caused by a blood clot, but the symptoms resolve within a short time. A TIA may be considered a warning sign that a stroke will occur.


Treatment for stroke may include:
  • Injections of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot dissolving medication
  • Mechanical clot removal
  • Neurosurgery

The Stroke Team

Because stroke touches many disciplines, we have a team of dedicated experts caring for our stroke patients. Our team members, who interact with both the patient and family members, include:
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Stroke neurologists who exclusively care for stroke patients admitted to the hospital
  • Vascular neurologists
  • Neurointerventionalists (comprised of interventional neurologists and interventional radiologists)
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Stroke nurses
  • Care managers
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapists

Stroke and TIA Bridge Clinic

After our stroke patients are discharged from the hospital, we continue to provide follow up care through our Bridge Clinic. The clinic, which is intended for both stroke and TIA patients, bridges the gap between the hospital and home by providing both evaluation and support. Our specialists help place patients on the right path for preventing another stroke or TIA and assist with any physical or emotional problems that may occur after stroke.

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