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Brandon Regional Hospital has assembled a team of highly skilled medical professionals - including emergency physicians, surgeons, neurologists, nurses, therapists, laboratory and pharmacy staff, and radiologists - who are specially trained to respond quickly and completely to the needs of a stroke patient. Our Advanced Primary Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission (JC).

When a patient comes to the ER with stroke symptoms:

  • Each patient is evaluated and treated using a uniform and extensive set of guidelines that address both emergency treatment and ongoing care
  • A head CT scan or brain MRI scan can be performed and interpreted within 45 minutes of the stroke patient being admitted
  • A fully functioning medical laboratory is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to analyze and provide test results in a timely manner

Stroke warning signs

If you notice one or more of these signs, don't wait. Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911.

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

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability among adults in the United States and the third leading cause of death (behind diseases of the heart and all forms of cancer). Nearly 795,000 people suffer new or recurrent stroke each year, and almost 165,000 die of the condition.

Stroke Education & Support