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Stroke Treatment


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease, and is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.




St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital is a certified Primary Stroke Center. We have an acute stroke team, an integrated emergency room, a dedicated stroke unit, and we offer neuroimaging services. At St. John's, we are committed to treat stroke patients quickly and improve patient outcomes.

Our Stroke Program Offers

  • Immediate access to neurologists specializing in stroke care within minutes of arrival in our ER
  • A dedicated stroke nurse practitioner to serve as an advocate for stroke patients
  • An acute stroke team
  • Faster turnaround times for CT scans and lab results to improve timeliness of treatment
  • Staff receive special training to care for stroke patients
  • Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Program at our sister hospital in Oxnard

Stroke Signs and Symptoms

It is important to learn the signs of stroke so you are ready if you or a loved one ever suffers a stroke. Always call 9-1-1 immediately. The difference between a recovery from stroke and a lasting disability depends significantly on response time.

Signs of Stroke: ACT F-A-S-T

Face Does one side of the face droop? Ask them to smile. 
Arms   Does one arm drift downward? Ask them to raise both arms. 
Speech  Are words slurred? Ask them to repeat a phrase. 
Time   If they show any of these symptoms, time is important. 

Call 9-1-1- immediately.

Hear From a Former Stroke Patient

Hear from a St. John’s stroke patient about his experience in our inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Program.

For more information on St. John’s Stroke Program, please call our dedicated stroke nurse at 805.988.7144 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.