Stroke is the number five cause of death in the U.S. It's also a leading cause of adult disability.
If you think you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
UPMC Bedford is a certified Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH).
This means we offer immediate, evidence-based care to people who may have had a stroke.
After vital stroke treatment, ASRHs transfer people to another hospital certified as either a:
People with a stroke in our region often move to UPMC Altoona's Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center.
People who may have had a stroke must reach their nearest stroke center. Any level of stroke center can help.
Doctors at a stroke center can treat some stroke cases with clot-dissolving drugs. This must happen within a few hours of symptom onset to be effective.
But, these drugs are only helpful for some people. A focused stroke center has doctors who are experts in which people will benefit from these drugs.
The Joint Commission and the American Heart/American Stroke Associations award ASRH certificates.
To get ASRH classified, the hospital gets a thorough onsite review. They base the review on the Joint Commission's Advanced Disease-Specific Care framework.
The review checks that the hospital meets its rigorous standards.
To learn more about our stroke program, call 814-623-6161.
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To contact the emergency department at UPMC Bedford, call 814-623-3500
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