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UPMC Stroke Institute at UPMC St. Margaret

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food.

Prompt treatment is crucial to minimize brain damage and potential complications.

Why Choose the UPMC St. Margaret Stroke Program?

UPMC St. Margaret Stroke Program was named an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, and is the region’s only facility to earn that designation. As a Primary Stroke Center, UPMC St. Margaret offers its patients the following benefits:

  • An acute stroke team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which includes physicians and nurses experienced in diagnosing and treating cerebrovascular disease
  • Written protocols to streamline and accelerate the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients
  • Coordination of emergency medical service personnel with emergency department staff
  • A stroke unit with specialized monitors and nursing care
  • Inpatient rehabilitation services for physical, occupational, and speech therapies
  • An outcome and quality improvement program
  • Education program for the professional staff
  • Patient and family education on stroke recovery

The hospital also received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA). This award recognizes UPMC St. Margaret’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

UPMC Stroke Telemedicine Program

Physicians at UPMC St. Margaret have 24-hour-a-day access to specialists at the UPMC Stroke Institute in Pittsburgh in order to bring a higher level of stroke treatment and care to their patients.

Our Multidisciplinary Team

At UPMC St. Margaret, specialists in emergency medicine, vascular neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and other subspecialties, work together to diagnose and determine the most appropriate stroke treatment.

Our team of experts use advance therapies to treat stroke with the goal of restoring cognitive and physical function.

Learn More About Strokes

Visit UPMC's Stroke Institute website to learn more about the causes, risk factors, and warning signs of strokes.

UPMC Patient Education Materials

Contact Us

UPMC St. Margaret
815 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

412-784-4000

Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-533-UPMC or request an appointment online.

 

Stroke Warning Signs: Think FAST

If you suspect someone is having a stroke, watch for common warning signs.
It’s important to call 911 immediately at any sign of
a stroke.

To remember stroke warning signs, use the letters
F-A-S-T:

  • F – Face: Can the person smile? Does one side of their face droop?
  • A – Arms: Can the person raise both arms?
  • S – Speech: Can the person repeat a simple phrase, or is their speech slurred or strange?
  • T – Time: If you observe any of these signs, immediately call 911.

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