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Stroke Care

A stroke happens when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). It is the third leading cause of death and the primary cause of permanent disability in the United States.

At University of Colorado Health, you can count on the fastest, most efficient and effective stroke care available in the Rocky Mountain region.

Even in rural areas of Colorado, you and your local doctor can use our telehealth system for expert consultation, evaluation of CT scans and other diagnostic images, and treatment recommendations that follow nationally recognized best practices for stroke care from the American Stroke Association within 30 minutes of your arrival.

Our rapid-response begins when our emergency medical services (EMS) team arrives at your location. A 24/7 Stroke Alert system at UCHealth activates our Primary Stroke Response Team—ready to provide the life-saving care you need.

Our Stroke Center Designations

The Joint Commission, an independent national health care accrediting agency, awards Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers to those hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. This certification recognizes the significant differences in UCHealth’s resources, staff and training to save lives and preserve function.
Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital are proud to have earned The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers, which recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.

Stroke Signs & Symptoms: BE FAST

Call 911 immediately if you or a loved one experiences these stroke warning signs:

  • B - Balance. Sudden loss of balance.
  • E - Eyes. Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes.
  • F - Face drooping. Ask the person to smile; does his/her face droop?
  • A - Arm weakness. Ask the person to put his/her arms up; does one look weak or limp?
  • S - Speech. Ask the person to speak; Is his/her speech slurred or hard to understand?
  • T - Time. Time to call 9-1-1 and get him/her to the hospital immediately if the person shows any of these signs.

Minutes matter when the first symptoms of stroke appear. Getting care within three hours of experiencing your first symptom means you have a much better chance of making a full recovery.

Watch a Stroke Patient’s Rehabilitation Story

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