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Winter Weather Closings

Please note, WakeMed Physician Practices, urgent cares, and most outpatient services - lab, imaging, rehab and Healthworks - will be closed on
Wednesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 18. Learn more about our closings.

Our hospitals and emergency departments never close.

Improving Outcomes for Stroke Patients

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Time is brain. By calling 911 immediately for emergency transportation to WakeMed, or the closest hospital that offers acute stroke treatment, you can improve the chances for a stroke victim to preserve as much normal brain as possible. This can improve recovery in most cases and can save some lives.

At WakeMed, a dedicated Stroke Team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, interventional cardiologists, emergency medicine physicians, nurses and therapists work together to provide advanced, timely stroke diagnosis.

Computed tomography (CT) imaging is used to quickly identify or rule out bleeding in the brain.  MRI offers precise diagnosis but takes much longer than CT and presents some logistical obstacles that can be cumbersome in the setting of acute stroke, where every minute counts.

Learn about what to expect from a cranial CT scan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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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