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Call 911 immediately if you suddenly experience any of these on one side of your face or body:

  • F for facial numbness or weakness
  • A for arm numbness or weakness
  • S for slurred speech/scrambled thoughts
  • T for time; call 911 - "Time is Brain"

Every second counts when you're having a stroke, and so does the hospital that treats you.

If you think you or a loved one may be having a stroke, call 911 IMMEDIATELY and ask them to take you to the nearest Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Offering services beyond the scope of primary stroke centers, only Comprehensive Stroke Centers can offer the wider range of specialists and more advanced treatment options needed when standard therapies are not enough. Studies show that 30 to 35 percent of stroke patients suffer complex stroke types, severe deficits or multiple organs affected that require the higher level of care offered in Comprehensive Stroke Centers.

Certified Comprehensive Stroke CenterEmergency Stroke Specialties Unique to Sarasota Memorial
• Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration – board certified, specialty trained physicians in Stroke Neurology, Vascular Neurosurgery and Endovascular Neuroradiology collaborating in complicated surgeries and cases.
• State-of-the-art endovascular, neurosurgical, neuroimaging and neurointensivist therapies (such as brain glue, coils, and implanted pellets) and cerebrovascular blood clot removal/repair of abnormal intracranial blood vessels.
• Ongoing participation in prestigious stroke-specific national and international clinical trials, including advanced hypothermia treatments for ischemic stroke patients and innovative use of rtPA to treat bleeding caused by hemorrhagic strokes.

Time is Brain
Strokes are also called brain attacks because they are a medical emergency and should be treated with the same urgency as a heart attack. Nearly two million brain cells die every minute following a stroke, so the sooner treatment begins, the more likely you are to protect yourself from serious disability. Treatment in the first 2-3 hours of a stroke offers the best opportunity for a full recovery.

Americas 100 Best Specialty Care 2013 Stroke CareLearn More

  • Signs & Symptoms of Stroke
  • Diagnosing & Treating Stroke
  • Advanced Technology & Treatments
  • Stroke Prevention, Education & Support

Secondary Stroke Prevention
Of the 750,000 Americans who have a stroke each year, as many as 14 percent will have a second stroke within a year. Within five years, studies show 24 percent of women and 42 percent of men will have a second stroke. Sarasota Memorial’s Secondary Stroke and TIA Prevention Clinic provides people who have had a stroke or TIA education and follow-up care to help prevent a second attack. Among other services, the clinic provides resources, therapies and support to help patients control hypertension, manage stress and cholesterol levels, stop smoking, make recommended dietary or lifestyle changes and monitor medications they may need, such as blood thinners, to lower their risk of stroke. For information, call (941) 917-3890.

Hospital-to-Hospital Transfers/Referrals
Meet Our Stroke Team

Physician Referrals
For a referral to one of Sarasota Memorial’s stroke specialists or physicians, please contact our HealthLine at (941) 917-7777 or toll-free (800) 764-8255 (ext. 7777).

Sarasota Memorial achieved recognition as a Center of Distinction from Cigna for Craniotomy and Stroke Care
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