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 fifth leading cause of death and the primary cause of permanent disability in the United States.

At UCHealth, 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.

Anyone can have a stroke. Learn your risk factors by taking this assessment.

Our Stroke Center designations

UCH: Comprehensive
Memorial: Comprehensive
PVH/MCR: Primary

Stroke signs and symptoms: BE FAST


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.

From the National Stroke Association: It Happens in an Instant

>> Find out how to minimize your stroke risk

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