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Fast, Expert Care.

If you or someone you love suffers a stroke, Dominican Hospitals trained stroke team provides prompt diagnosis and stroke treatment.


Expert Stroke Services

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability. We're here to help keep you healthy, and if you do suffer a stroke, to get you back to your normal life, quickly.

Our Stroke Program

Our experienced neurologists and other clinical experts lead the team, offering a coordinated response and specialized care 24 hours a day. We also collaborate with comprehensive stroke centers throughout the region to provide expert stroke care, including endovascular interventions, if needed.

Dominican is certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This certification recognizes centers that follows the best practices for stroke care.  Our Neurological Rehabilitation program is led by a team of experts who deliver excellent care throughout the rehabilitation process, and our network of recovery services in Santa Cruz includes outpatient rehabilitation, home health services, and a stroke recovery support group at Cabrillo College.

  • Someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds
  • Someone dies of a stroke every four minutes
  • 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year 

Know the Signs

When a stroke occurs, you should recognize the warning signs and get expert medical help quickly. Fast action is critical to giving you or your loved one have the best chance of survival and rehabilitation. It can make the difference between recovery and having to endure long-term disabilities.

Remember These Signs

If you think you or someone else is having a stroke,
know the signs and be sure to B.E.F.A.S.T.  Call us.

(831) 462-7200

Balance – Is there a sudden change?

Eyes – Is vision affected? Can you see properly?

Face – Does one side of the face droop? Ask the person to smile.

Arm – Does one arm drift downward? Ask the person to raise both arms.

Speech – Are words slurred? Ask the person to repeat a phrase.

Time – If they show any symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stroke Prevention

You should understand your risk of stroke and know how to get the help you need to improve controllable lifestyle factors that can prevent stroke. In fact, we offer free screenings for the public throughout the year.

  • Stop smoking
  • Control high blood pressure
  • Increase daily exercise activity, and
  • Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and low in refined carbs and sugar

Learn More About Our Stroke Program

To learn more about stroke care at Dominican Hospital, please call us at (831) 462-7700 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you reach a recording, leave a message and someone will call back as soon as possible. 

You can also leave a message on our dedicated stroke line (831) 462-7200. We respond to all messages within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.