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At WakeMed, our Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center team demonstrates skill and expertise, using the latest tools to reduce the length of stay and mortality in cases of stroke.

Thanks to dramatic advances in technology and the way strokes are treated, more Americans are surviving strokes and experiencing fewer permanent side effects than ever before.

Treatment Options

Once at the hospital, the patient will need to have blood tests as well as a computed tomography (CT) scan to determine if and where a clot exists.

These treatments include:


In addition to these treatments, WakeMed offers an innovative Telestroke program to support stroke patients at hospitals with less medical access, thereby making them stroke capable. The program is a form of telemedicine, providing patients with enhanced in-house stroke care and 24-hour access to stroke neurologists.

Using Telestroke system carts and a two-way live video, audio and image sharing system, consulting stroke neurologists can evaluate a remote patient in real time to diagnose a stroke and determine the best course of action. Patients also receive streamlined access to WakeMed for advanced and post-stroke care.  

If you think you or someone you’re with is having a stroke, call 911 and get to your closest emergency department. The faster the treatment, the better the chances for a full recovery and return to normal life.