Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of 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.
For every hour's delay in medical treatment, the brain loses 120 million cells. Stroke victims need to be treated promptly to minimize brain damage and potential complications. It is imperative that a person seek immediate medical treatment at the first sign of stroke by calling 911.
UPMC East is a Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission. As a certified Stroke Center, UPMC East has proved that it meets the standards for prompt stroke patient care. Our program offers stroke patients the following benefits:
Physicians at UPMC East 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 our patients.
At UPMC East, 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 uses advance therapies to treat stroke, with the goal of restoring cognitive and physical function.
Visit the UPMC Stroke Institute website to learn more about the causes, risk factors, and warning signs of strokes.