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Stroke Care

Stroke always requires immediate, emergency care. The faster you receive treatment, the more likely you are to recover from its effects.
Stroke Care

Our approach to care

A stroke is the sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen that occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked or damaged. Every 40 seconds in the United States, someone has a stroke. It is a leading cause of death and is a major cause of serious disability for adults.

Centra is accredited by the Joint Commission for its leading advancements in stroke care. Our team is made up of neurological interventional radiologists, vascular neurologists, neurosurgeons, code stroke nurses and caregivers. 

Conditions we treat

Ischemic stroke

Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot or obstruction in an artery prevents blood from flowing to the brain. This is the more common form of stroke. The underlying condition for this type of obstruction is the development of fatty deposits lining the vessel walls.  

Hemorrhagic stroke 

Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel inside the brain bursts or leaks. The blood can put pressure on the brain which can damage brain cells. This type of stroke accounts for about 13 percent of stroke cases but tends to have a higher mortality rate than ischemic stroke.  

Transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Transient Ischemic Attack, or a mini-stroke occurs when blood blow to the brain suddenly stops for a short time, causing stroke-like symptoms. Like any other stroke, a TIA requires immediate emergency care. Having a TIA puts you at greater risk of experience a full-blown stroke.  

Our experts in stroke care have an emphasis on the following:

  • Thrombolytics "clot busting" 
    • We provide the most up-to-date medications that are designed to break down or dissolve a clot that is causing a stroke. This medication must be delivered to the patient within 4 hours of the “last known well” prior to the symptom onset. 
  • Thrombectomy
    •  Another advancement in treating stroke is the surgical removal of the blood clot from the brain. We access the clot and restore blood flow to the brain. This treatment can lower the risk of disability by more than 70% when provided within 24 hours of an acute stroke.
  • Viz
    • We use Viz, an intelligent care coordination platform, that distributes imaging to our care teams within 63 seconds post-imaging testing. This empowers care teams to save crucial time, provide the quickest diagnosis, reduce leakages and improve the lives of patients.

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Acute Rehabilitation Center

Centra's Acute Rehabilitation Center is a hospital-based inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) whose goal is to restore functional ability and quality of life to those recovering from serious illnesses, stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation and trauma. 

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Our team of outpatient therapists provide an unmatched level of expertise and dedication to returning you to your daily activities.

Home Health

Home care bridges the gap after a serious illness or hospitalization by providing physician-directed, short-term care at the patient's home.

Where you can find us

We have a number of conveniently located facilities in your neighborhood. See all Locations


It is important to learn the signs of stoke.

Michelle Adams
Patient Testimonial
"I spend most of my time just being in a place of gratitude. I'm so grateful for my life and my friends and my job and everything I have. It could have gone a different way."
— Michelle Adams, Stroke Survivor

Ways to prevent stroke

  • Choose healthy foods and drinks
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Don't smoke
  • Limit alcohol
  • Check cholesterol
  • Control blood pressure
  • Control diabetes


For many stroke patients, the hard work of recovery begins after discharge as they begin therapy. Centra facilities offer state-of-the-art technology in the treatment of stroke. Your hospital care team will help you determine the best rehabilitation setting.

Joint Comission Thromcapablestrokectr

The Joint Commission's national Certificate of Distinction for Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center

Learn about Stroke Quality Indicators

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