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Stroke Program

Each year, thousands of families in our community are impacted by stroke — a brain attack that can occur at any age.

At WakeMed, we offer a full continuum of compassionate, innovative stroke care — from diagnosis in our emergency departments to rehabilitation in both our award-winning inpatient and outpatient facilities.

WakeMed's Award-Winning Stroke Program

WakeMed Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital are Joint Commission-Certified Primary Stroke Centers. We’ve also received the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Care.

Our Stroke Program is distinct in providing a comprehensive approach, moving from prevention to management. Our dedicated team of specialists, renowned for their expertise, use physical medicine and rehabilitative techniques at strategic steps along the route to recovery to support the best outcomes. Here are just a few of our impressive features:

  • Collaboration with EMS providers to facilitate rapid assessment and transport to the hospital
  • Team approach that helps minimize time from arrival to administration of thrombolytics 
  • Availability of neuroradiologists for quick, expert interpretation of imaging
  • Neurology and neurosurgery coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week for evaluation and treatment
  • Neuro intensive care unit for optimization of care for patients with severe strokes
  • Nursing staff skilled in assessment and care of stroke patients
  • Designated nursing unit for the care of patients with neurological and neurosurgical diagnoses
  • Interdisciplinary care planning involving physicians, nurses, case managers, therapists and other services such as nutritionist consultation and pastoral care
  • Comprehensive post-discharge rehabilitation services, including specialty services such as vestibular rehab  to treat dizziness and vertigo
  • Public education and awareness programs that focus on risk factor reduction for stroke prevention 
  • A variety of stroke support groups  at several locations throughout North Carolina.

WakeMed has also been awarded top honors from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients. We are accredited by the Commission of Accreditation on Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), due to our comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation programs  and commitment to specialty rehab. Our Stroke Program is Stroke Specialty Program Certified (CARF-SSP).


  • Balance

    Is the person losing his/her coordination or balance?

  • Eyes

    Is the person having trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?

  • Face

    Does the face look uneven or drift down?

  • Arm

    Does one arm drift down?

  • Speech

    Does the person's speech sound strange?

  • Time

    If you observe any of these signs, it is time
    to call 9-1-1. 

The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better the chances of recovery.

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