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​UPMC Stroke Institute

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States.

Window of Treatment

Patient outcomes improve with early action in treatment and restoring blood flow. Therefore, it is critical that treatment start as soon as possible. For every hour's delay in medical treatment, the brain loses 120 million cells.

Experts at the UPMC Stroke Institute are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and feature both primary and comprehensive stroke centers.

Primary stroke centers are available at:

A Comprehensive Stroke Center ​is available at:

Our Multidisciplinary Team

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

Why Choose the UPMC Stroke Institute?

  • The UPMC Stroke Institute is a leading provider of high-quality medical and surgical stroke treatment.
  • UPMC neurologists and neurosurgeons are among the national leaders in stroke therapy and can offer patients advanced or investigational stroke therapies not available at other stroke treatment centers.
  • Our stroke experts see more than 1,500 patients each year, and provide consultation for hundreds of others through the UPMC Stroke Telemedicine Program.
  • The UPMC Stroke Institute has three locations that have been awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification and one location that is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.

About the UPMC Stroke Institute

The institute focuses on:

  • Quality patient care: employing a multidisciplinary approach
  • Clinical research: flourishing clinical research programs
  • Educational efforts: ongoing education for health professionals and the community

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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