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If you or a loved one may be having a stroke, call 9-1-1 right away.

Stroke Care


If you or a loved one experiences a stroke, count on Virginia Hospital Center for high-quality, specialized care that helps you have the best possible recovery. Benefit from technology, qualified healthcare professionals, and programs that treat strokes from onset through recovery and rehabilitation.

Signs of Stroke

A stroke is a medical emergency. Use the acronym FAST to spot stroke signs:

  • Face drooping – Ask the person to smile. Is his or her smile uneven or lopsided?
  • Arm weakness – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is he or she unable to speak or hard to understand?
  • Time to Call 9-1-1 – If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away.

Certified Stroke Center

Feel confident you or your loved will receive time-sensitive stroke care at Virginia Hospital Center. We're certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. That means you can expect prompt, high-quality stroke treatment from medical professionals trained in stroke care.

    What to Expect

    Effective stroke treatment begins in the emergency department with a swift and accurate diagnosis. Members of the stroke rehabilitation team use imaging tests to find blood clots, blockages in major arteries to the brain, and narrowed blood vessels or blood clots. Then, they'll provide the best treatment for your specific condition.

    Emergency Stroke Treatment

    Rest assured, Virginia Hospital Center has the technology and personnel needed to provide emergency stroke treatment, such as:

    • Injections of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) – Dissolves blood clots, improving blood flow to your brain
    • Endovascular surgery – Guides thin, flexible tubes called catheters through your blood vessels to remove clots

    Care for 'Mini-Strokes'

    If you are diagnosed with a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or "mini-stroke"—when blood supply to a part of your brain is blocked temporarily—we'll refer you to a doctor who'll help you reduce your risk of future strokes.

    Stroke Recovery

    Get the best possible start to your recovery at Virginia Hospital Center. Benefit from the knowledge of nurses with in-depth training and continuing education on caring for patients recovering from strokes. Rely on us to:

    • Provide education about your condition and care options
    • Help you and your family prepare for your return home
    • Arrange for continuing therapy and services
    • Help you reduce your risk for future strokes

    Stroke Rehabilitation Options

    Work with your stroke care team to develop a care plan to fits your needs, goals and challenges. After a stroke, you may benefit from:

    Access Mayo Clinic’s Expertise

    As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Virginia Hospital Center brings the world-renowned expertise and knowledge of Mayo Clinic to our community. How can I access the expertise of Mayo Clinic? It’s simple – all you need is to be under the care of a physician on Virginia Hospital’s Center medical Staff. 

    Find a VHC Doctor Access the Mayo Clinic Health Library

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