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The Stroke Center

Mercy Medical Center has been designated as a NYS Stroke Center in recognition of the efforts of its Stroke Team, comprised of a multidisciplinary group that includes emergency physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, vascular surgeons, and rehabilitation specialists. The stroke team is available to respond for evaluation and treatment of stroke patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the Emergency Department.

What is a Stroke?
A stroke, also known as a "brain attack" occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a clot or blockage, or a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Generally, effects from a stroke range from mild to severe and can cause a variety of problems including partial or complete paralysis, deficits in motor functions, language deficiencies, loss of comprehension, and word retrieval and emotional changes. Patients may also experience sensory disturbances including pain or numbness following a stroke. Immediate treatment can save someone's life and enhance his or her chances for a successful recovery.


Five warning signs of stroke include:

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  5. Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If someone shows any of these symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services.  If you're having a stroke, it's critical that you get medical attention right away. Immediate treatment may minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death. Thanks to recent medical advances, stroke treatments and survival rates have improved greatly and at Mercy Medical Center we are committed to ensuring our patients get the very best care.