Stroke Center

The Stroke Center at Saint Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute provides complete stroke care, including screening, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation, in a compassionate, patient-centered environment. We take a multidisciplinary approach to stroke, and our team includes floor nurses, emergency department physicians and nurses, radiologists, a dedicated stroke coordinator, and representatives of the pharmacy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

In fact, our patient-centered approach to stroke care has earned the Stroke Center the Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction. The certification recognizes centers making exceptional efforts to foster better patient outcomes for stroke care. The standards focus not simply on an organization's ability to provide safe, high-quality care, but on its actual performance as well.

Our team meets weekly to discuss all stroke patients admitted to Saint Joseph's Hospital. Stroke is a time-sensitive condition, and our Stroke Team provides timely treatment for patients with stroke symptoms, including the administration of clot-busting drugs that can play a crucial role in limiting damaging effects strokes can have.

Clinicians from our Stroke Center also work to educate fellow physicians and the lay community about stroke diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Many of the factors that increase your risk for heart disease also increase your risk for stroke. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), smoking, being overweight, and not exercising increase the risk of stroke. Living a healthy lifestyle -- eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking -- helps lower stroke and prevent another one from occurring.

For appointments or to contact the Stroke Center, please call: (678) 843-6167

What is a Stroke?

Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, and occurs when there is an interruption of blood flow to the brain that is caused by a blockage or bleeding in the brain. When the blood supply to a part of the brain is stopped, brain damage can occur in minutes. When a stroke occurs, it can have debilitating effects, and effective treatment followed by rehabilitation becomes essential to recovery.

Am I at Risk for Stroke?

Learning your risk for stroke is an important part of stroke prevention, and our Strike Out Stroke program can help you learn your stroke risk. It includes information about total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, total cholesterol/HDL ratio and glucose (blood sugar) levels. A risk factor assessment, weight with BMI (body mass index), and blood pressure assessment is also included. In addition, we also screen your carotid arteries (the arteries in your neck that deliver blood to your brain) with a carotid bruit assessment (listening to the arteries in the neck with a stethoscope for obstructed flow), and perform a modified EKG to screen for a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, which increases your risk for stroke. Afterward, you receive a one-to-one consultation with a registered nurse or registered dietitian to discuss results.

For more information, call (678) 843-6167.

Know the 5 Warning Signs for Stroke

1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

2. Sudden confusion, or trouble speaking or understanding what others say

3. Sudden difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes

4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination

5. Sudden severe headache for no apparent reason

Our Services

The Stroke Center at Saint Joseph's offers a wide range of stroke care, including:

  • Stroke screenings to determine your risk
  • Community education programs
  • Acute interventions if a stroke occurs
  • Outpatient rehabilitation
  • Leading research activities to assist in the advancement of stroke treatment

For more information about the services the Saint Joseph's Stroke Center offers, please call (678) 843-6167.

Contact Us

Stroke Center
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(678) 843-6167