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In the sudden event of a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Whether you’re at risk or have suffered a stroke, you know that every second counts. Where, and how quickly, you get the right care can make all the difference in your outcome.

Recognize the Signs of Stroke

The acronym BE FAST is used to help anyone recognize the signs of stroke and get the immediate help that is needed.

BE FAST stands for: 

  • Balance lost
  • Eyes blurring
  • Facial drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulties 
  • Time to call emergency services

Jefferson Health’s stroke centers are some of the most advanced and acclaimed centers in the U.S. for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research of stroke. We are also home to the largest facility dedicated to the care of acute stroke in Delaware Valley.

Our dedicated and highly skilled, multidisciplinary stroke teams provide the finest services for even the most complex cases, spanning our expertise across the greater Philadelphia area.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.


Stroke Symptoms

  • Sudden numbness, paralysis, or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding simple statements
  • Sudden blurred or decreased vision, trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Severe, unexplainable headache, often described as the worst of your life
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness and loss of balance or coordination, especially when accompanied by one or more other warning signs

Patients presenting with possible stroke symptoms are assessed immediately to identify the nature of the stroke – hemorrhagic or ischemic.

  • A hemorrhagic stroke is either a brain aneurysm burst or a weakened blood vessel leak. Blood spills into or around the brain and creates swelling or pressure.
  • An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot.

In ischemic stroke, CT perfusion outlines the territory of the penumbra and identifies brain tissue with reversible ischemia, which may allow treatment of patients as long as 24 hours after first symptoms occur.

Utilizing diagnostics including CTA/CT perfusion imaging, our surgeons perform intra-arterial or mechanical thrombolysis (clot busting) with advanced catheter-based retrieval devices, including a system that uses suction to remove the clot instead of extracting it mechanically. These procedures have proven effective when applied within eight hours of stroke onset.

Someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes.

At Jefferson Health, our neurologic care extends beyond the surgical suite. In our advanced Neuro-intensive Care Unit, subspecialists including neuro-intensivists, neurosurgeons and hospitalists manage all aspects of specialized care. The Unit features a portable CT scanner, continuous EEG, cardiac and respiratory monitoring and therapeutic hypothermia in addition to other resources.

Comprehensive Treatment of Stroke

Because time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating stroke, Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience has launched Jefferson Expert Teleconsulting (JET), the region's first university-based high-tech mobile robotic teleconsulting system. JET allows Jefferson neuroscience specialists to evaluate time-sensitive neurovascular diseases, most notably stroke, in real time and without delay. With JET, your community hospital physician can request an immediate consultation with one of our neuroscience specialists.

795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke every year.

The highly experienced and honored stroke experts at Jefferson Health provide rapid, precise diagnoses and effective treatment to their patients. Our inpatient stroke and neurological care units’ clinical trials participation and rehabilitation services give patients the level of stroke care that only university centers can offer.

Because the parts of your brain or balance system affected by a stroke can vary for each patient, your physical therapist will work with you to find out which system is injured to develop the right treatment plan for you.

Why Choose Jefferson?

Our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with the latest technologies and our access to clinical trials and groundbreaking research ensures that we can deliver the best possible care.

In addition, we are supported by a superb team of neuro-intensivists, therapists, nurses, neurophysiologists, physiatrists and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the care of stroke patients.

Make An Appointment

Learn about stroke care, prevention and speak with a professional today.

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment.