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Stroke


With 750,000 cases nationwide each year, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability in adults. As a nationally recognized leader in stroke care, Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California provides integrated services in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

What is Stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or when a blood vessel breaks and stops blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die, brain damage occurs and abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost.

Problems resulting from stroke can range from minor to major depending on where in the brain the stroke occurs and how much damage is done.

Symptoms of Stroke

Watch for these signs and symptoms if you think you or someone else may be having a stroke:

  • Trouble with walking
  • Trouble with speaking and understanding
  • Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg
  • Trouble with seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden, severe headache

Diagnosing Stroke

What's done in the first minutes or hours after a stroke may determine the level of recovery the person will achieve. That's why Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California treats every incoming stroke patient as an emergency.

Patients arriving in the Emergency Department experiencing stroke symptoms are evaluated for possible treatment with t-PA or evaluated for one of the stroke investigational medicines. Dignity Health's emergency medicine physicians have been trained in the assessment of acute stroke patients and work in collaboration with our stroke neurologists.

Award Winning Stroke Program

Mercy San Juan Medical Center was recently recognized by The Joint Commission as the first and only Comprehensive Stroke Center north of the Bay Area. This advanced certification recognizes the hospital for its ability to treat the most complex cases of stroke. All other Dignity Health hospitals in the Greater Sacramento region—which together comprise the Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California—are certified Primary Stroke Centers.

Neurological Case Study – Stroke

For assistance with a physician referral, call 1-844-873-9301. To request additional information from someone at the Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California, email us today. 

Suffered a Stroke Or Care for a Loved One Who Has?

Join us for our Stroke Support Group

Mercy San Juan Medical Center
Summit Orthopedics Building
6403 Coyle Ave., Suite 200, Carmichael, CA 95608
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month
1 to 2 p.m. (excludes weeks of major holidays)
For more information, call 916.537.5177

Woodland Community & Senior Center
2001 East Street, Woodland, CA 95776
Every 3rd Monday of the month
1 to 2 p.m.
For more information, call 530.669.5540

No registration required. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend.

In the News


Stroke Robot SD2 KOVR-CBS13 10pm Sac, CA 01-12-2017

Advanced Treatment Saves Local Fire Inspector

Mark Morris, a fire inspector for the Sacramento Metro Fire Department, experienced a massive stroke on Sept. 11 while grilling dinner on the barbeque. He suddenly felt dizzy and couldn't speak. His wife recognized his stroke symptoms and... Read More