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Stroke Center

Your nearest primary stroke center is here to fight back.

Two million brain cells are lost each minute during an ischemic stroke. Fortunately, the closest Primary Stroke Center is located at Winter Park Memorial Hospital where an elite team is standing by. 
Winter Park Memorial Hospital is proud to be recognized as a designated Primary Stroke Center by the Agency for Healthcare Administration (ACHA). According to the American Stroke Association, a Primary Stroke Center is defined as “a hospital-based center that stabilizes and provides emergent care to acute stroke patients, transfers patients to a Comprehensive Stroke Center or admits patients and provides further care depending on the patient’s needs and the center’s capabilities.”
The stroke team at Winter Park Memorial Hospital combines highly skilled physicians, nurses and allied health professionals with state-of-the-art technology to provide stroke patients with the care they need. Stroke patients at Winter Park Memorial Hospital also have access to our inpatient rehabilitation services. Our specialized rehabilitation nursing team attends to patients around the clock and performs intensive rehabilitation therapies, while our physiatrists make regular rounds to help patients grow stronger.

Warning signs

When it comes to treating stroke, time is of the essence. It’s vitally important for patients to be aware of the early warning signs of stroke and immediately seek medical attention. Below are some of these warning signs; some individuals may only experience one or two signs, while others will experience several.
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, such as blurred or double vision or difficulty seeing anything on one side of the individual’s body.
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding what is said.
  • Sudden trouble walking; also, sudden dizziness or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.