Doctor holding up x-ray of brain pointing to it as patient looks on


comprehensive Stroke Care at CMC

A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. Also known as a brain attack, stroke is the fifth highest cause of death, right behind heart disease and cancer, and the number one cause of long-term disability. According to the American Stroke Association, an estimated 600,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, and an estimated 160,000 will die.  CMC is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and a repeat recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® recognition for excellence in stroke care.

Each stroke is different

Depending on what part of the brain is injured, the extent of the injury, and your general health, a stroke can cause:

  • Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Problems with balance or coordination
  • Problems using language
  • Being unaware of or ignoring parts of the body on one side
  • Pain, numbness or odd sensation
  • Problems with memory, thinking, attention or learning
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Problems with bowel or bladder control
  • Sudden bursts of emotion, such as laughing, crying or anger
  • Depression
  • Being unaware of the effects of the stroke

By knowing the warning signs of a stroke and seeking emergency care immediately, you can increase the chance of survival and recovery. If you or a loved one suddenly shows any symptoms, call 911.

Warning Signs and Risk Factors

There are two categories of risk factors for stroke—those that cannot be managed or changed, and those that can.  You can lower your risk for stroke by adjusting your lifestyle or environment to address the manageable factors.

What You Can’t Change
  • Age—as our age goes up, so does our risk for a stroke
  • Family history of stroke
  • Gender—males are at a higher risk for stroke than women
  • Race—African-Americans are at a higher risk for stroke than other groups.
  • Personal history of diabetes
What You Can Change
  • Know and control your blood pressure
  • Find out if you have atrial fibrillation
  • Control your diabetes
  • Know and manage your cholesterol
  • Eat a low sodium, low-fat diet
  • Control your weight
  • Don’t smoke
  • Use alcohol in moderation
  • Exercise regularly


Warning Signs

FAST is an easy way to remember the  warning signs of stroke:

  • Face: Sudden numbness, weakness, or drooping of the face
  • Arms: Weakness or numbness in one arm or leg
  • Speech: Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
  • Time: If any of these symptoms are present, call 9-1-1 immediately
Other signs include:
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Not all of these warning signs occur in every attack, and sometimes they go away and then return.
If you think you may be having a stroke, don’t hesitate. Call 911 immediately.

Why choose CMC

Minutes count

The minutes and hours immediately following the onset of stroke symptoms and warning signs are critical. In order to increase the chance of survival and recovery, it is vital to educate yourself and your family about the stroke warning signs and obtain emergency care immediately by calling 911. If appropriate, a patient may be able to receive tPA, a clot-busting medication that can prevent stroke damage.  This drug typically needs to be given within the first few hours after the onset of symptoms.   


Dedicated team

The Stroke Program at CMC includes a dedicated team of professionals committed to improving the recovery and rehabilitation rate for stroke patients. The team includes:

  • Emergency Room physicians
  • Neurologists
  • Hospitalists (admitting physicians)
  • Intensivits  (in-house) physicians
  • Physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians)
  • Registered Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Case Managers/Social Workers  

The Stroke Program features:

  •  Initial emergency care in the hospital’s state-of-the-art Emergency Department
  • Early stabilization of brain and body functions
  • Appropriate referrals
  • Continuity of care through a team approach in our intensive care unit and medical/stroke unit
  • Prevention of stroke complications (e.g., pneumonia, bladder infections, muscle changes, and skin breakdown).
  • Education
  • Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation which provides continuity of care and follow up with CMC

The Stroke Program at CMC includes a dedicated team of professionals committed to improving the recovery and rehabilitation rate for stroke patients. The team includes:

  • Emergency room physicians
  • Neurologists
  • Hospital medicine providers (hospitalists/admitting physicians)
  • Intensivist (in-house) physicians
  • Physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians)
  • Registered nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech pathologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Case managers/social workers

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The minutes and hours immediately following the onset of stroke symptoms and warning signs are critical. 

Awards & Recognition
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus

We are proud to be recognized with a Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, which demonstrates our adherence to clinical guidelines to support better outcomes for our stroke patients.
July 2020

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Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus & Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award

CMC is proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for our active involvement in Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke, and Target: StrokeSM, a program designed to help hospitals make sure patients get the benefits of the latest scientific guidelines-based treatment.
June 2019

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Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus

CMC’s Stroke Program is recognized for offering continuity of care from the moment the patient enters our Emergency Department doors all the way through to our in house stroke rehabilitation department or our outpatient specialty neuroscience rehabilitation program.
May 2018

(received for five consecutive years 2014—2018)

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Primary Stroke Center

CMC is pleased to announce that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. CMC is the first hospital in Manchester to earn the distinction.
July 2017

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