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Stroke Center

With highly trained team members using the latest technology and proven processes, Rochester General is recognized as a regional and national leader in stroke care.

When seconds matter, experience counts.

“Time is brain” when it comes to stroke: two million brain cells die every minute during an event, making the speed of treatment an essential factor in any patient’s recovery. At Rochester General, our Emergency Department doctors and nurses undergo intensive, ongoing training in stroke recognition and treatment, so when a stroke patient comes through our doors, we can take rapid and appropriate action to save lives and ensure the fullest possible recoveries.

Expertise That Leads to Excellence

Effective experience comes from more than training. It also comes from treating stroke patients day in and day out. More patients are treated for stroke at Rochester General Hospital than at almost any hospital in New York State. Our region-leading experience has led to RGH being the first hospital in the eastern United States to earn a Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission, and the first in our region to be designated a Primary Stroke Center by the state Department of Health.

A Team of Dedicated Stroke Care Experts

Rochester General has assembled one of the area’s finest specialized stroke teams and given them the tools to succeed through investment in the most advanced technology. Our biplane angiography unit enables complete treatment for even the most advanced cases, and our physicians, neurosurgeons, nurses, pharmacists and therapists work seamlessly to bring each stroke patient nationally recognized care.


If you are not in urgent need of assistance and would like more information about the Stroke Center at Rochester General, please call us at (585) 922-4371.

About the Stroke Center at Rochester General

The Stroke Center at Rochester General is committed to providing the highest level of stroke care, including rapid assessment by a highly trained stroke team, the most advanced treatment options for acute stroke, and education about risk factors for patients, family members and the community.

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How to recognize stroke fast

The faster a stroke is treated, the more effective treatment can be – and it all begins with prompt recognition that a stroke has occurred. To recognize the warning signs, remember F-A-S-T, which stands for Face – Arms – Speech – Time. And if a stroke is suspected, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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Lower your risk for stroke

Lifestyle risk factors can often be changed to reduce the chances of stroke, and many medical risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol can be treated. Talk to your doctor about how to lower or manage your risks.

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What to expect at the Stroke Center

From arrival in the Emergency Department, to admission to the hospital, to rehabilitation and follow-up care, patients at the RGH Stroke Center receive care from compassionate, highly trained professionals using the latest technological advances.

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To learn more

If you are not in urgent need of assistance and would like more information about the Stroke Center at Rochester General, please call us at (585) 922-4371.

For additional information and resources, call the American Stroke Association at 1-888-4-STROKE (1-888-478-7653) or visit online at strokeassociation.org. You can speak with other stroke survivors and caregivers, find stroke support groups in your area, and sign up to receive Stroke Connection Magazine, a free publication for stroke survivors and caregivers.