Stroke Services

The Joint Commission

Certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission

When stroke happens, minutes matter. You can trust Carilion Clinic to deliver care quickly, when it can make all the difference between life and death, between recovering completely or living with brain damage. Our certified Stroke Center in Virginia, is staffed with skilled medical professionals who've been trained to use sophisticated technology and the latest treatment methods. We ensure that every stroke patient receives the necessary care to enhance the odds of a full recovery and return to a normal, healthy, and active life.

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has designated Carilion a Primary Stroke Center, a certification that demonstrates that we give every stroke patient the care that has been proven to lead to the best possible outcome, following guidelines set by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Earning this prestigious designation means Carilion has met rigorous standards for quality and patient care.

Gold Plus Award by the American Heart Association

A stroke is a sudden problem that affects the blood vessels of the brain. There are three types of stroke:

  • Ischemic, caused by a clot or blocked artery that interrupts blood flow to the brain. 80% of strokes are ischemic strokes.
  • Intracerebral Hemorrhage, caused by the sudden rupture of an artery that causes bleeding within the brain.
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, a sudden rupture of an artery that leads to bleeding in the space around the brain.

Carilion's multidisciplinary team provides stroke care of the highest quality every step of the way, With our Stroke Alert program, trained EMS professionals begin care en route to our emergency room. Upon arrival, doctors, nurses, and technicians work as a team to perform diagnostic tests and, when appropriate, deliver brain-saving treatments within the important three-hour window when damage can be minimized. Treatment, including rehabilitation and extensive patient education begins immediately upon admission to the hospital. At every step of the way, we follow treatment protocols shown to give patients the best possible odds of complete recovery from stroke.

Click to learn about the signs and symptoms of a stroke or take one of our risk assessments to learn your risk of stroke.

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Sidney Mallenbaum, M.D. discusses stroke care.

Video: James Schmidley, M.D., a neurologist at Carilion Clinic, discusses the warning signs of a stroke.

Warning signs of stroke and carotid artery disease

Carilion Clinic Stroke Alert Program