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Stroke Care


A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen
and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or
bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get
the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so brain cells start to
die. The Acute Stroke Team in our Emergency
Department is activated with one call. This team of
neurologist, nurses, laboratory staff and imaging
technologists are available 24/7 and begins to treat you


Sierra Nevada Memorial Earns Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines® - Gold Plus Achievement Award recognizes our hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care.

A stroke may also be called a cerebrovascular accident, or CVA. There are two forms of stroke: ischemic - blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain, and hemorrhagic - bleeding into or around the brain. 

A transient ischemic stroke (TIA) is a “mini stroke” or “warning stroke.” TIAs happen when an obstruction (blood clot) occurs for a short time, then tends to resolve itself. They produce stroke-like symptoms, but usually no lasting damage. TIAs are strong indicators of a possible major stroke.

Minutes Count

There are treatments that may reduce the risk of damage from a stroke but only if you get help quickly – within 3 hours from onset of symptoms.

In the case of Stroke, you need to Act FAST:

  • FFACE (is the face / smile uneven)
  • A ARM  (is one arm hanging down)
  • SSPEECH (is speech slurred)
  • TTIME – If you answer yes to any of these symptoms, then it is time to call 9-1-1

For patients in need of inpatient rehabilitation after a stroke, Dignity Health’s Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento offers an Acute Rehabilitation program to help them develop the skills needed to return to a life of independence.

Learn More About Stroke Care At Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

For more information on stroke care, please call 530.274.6771. For a doctor referral, call 530.274.6607 or use our online search tool to Find a Doctor.


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