Stroke Program

Stroke Examination

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is a New York State certified Stroke Center. The Hospital's Emergency Department is fully equipped to diagnose strokes quickly. NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital's Stroke Center offers rapid evaluation of stroke patients and advanced treatments that can reverse damage caused by stroke. Our specialists are involved in the study and employment of the most advanced approaches and equipment in stroke care today.

Stroke Honor Roll

The Hospital's stroke program has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award as well as an exceedingly difficult-to-obtain spot on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, the highest awards granted by the AHA/ASA. To win those awards, a hospital's stroke program must meet stringent quality measures and demonstrate an ability to provide cutting-edge stroke treatment within paper-thin windows of time.

Rapid emergency response to stroke is crucial and traveling long distances for care in a stroke emergency is not an option. This is why providing advanced stroke evaluation, treatment, and care right here in Brooklyn is a major priority for NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and for the communities it serves.

Understanding Stroke

Understanding Stroke

If you think you may be having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Do not wait! People who are having a stroke and who are treated within the first three hours after the first signs of a stroke have a better chance of surviving and avoiding long-term disability. Look for these signs, then act FAST:

  • Facial weakness - Can you smile? Has your mouth or eye drooped?
  • Arm weakness - Can you raise both arms?
  • Speech problems - Can you speak clearly and do other people understand what you say?
  • Take action - Call 911 and tell the operator at what time you started noticing these signs. Every minute matters!

A stroke occurs when a blood clot or ruptured vessel prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching the brain. Just as the heart muscle is damaged when a clot causes a heart attack, so brain cells are destroyed during a "brain attack," or stroke. Half a million Americans are diagnosed with strokes each year; as many as two-thirds of these may be fatal or cause permanent disability. The risk of having a stroke increases with age and is higher for men and for those with a stroke family history.

Preventive testing, lifestyle changes, and medication can reduce the risk of stroke. Recognition and understanding of risk factors and of actual stroke symptoms are key to stroke prevention and treatment.

Stroke Treatment

Stroke Treatment

In many cases, the use of clot-dissolving drugs may restore blood flow to the brain, mitigating the damaging effects of a "brain attack." Treatment is most effective if it is initiated within hours of the start of symptoms, which is why knowledge and recognition of stroke symptoms is so important. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital also has the specialists and advanced technology to provide interventional neuroradiology treatment to patients who are newly diagnosed. This technology may be used to minimize or actually reverse the effects of a stroke.

Patients diagnosed with strokes are usually admitted to the Hospital's dedicated inpatient Stroke Unit or to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), depending on their condition. Additional diagnostic tests to determine the cause of the stroke and the extent of any brain damage are performed. Treatment plans are determined and begun as soon as patients have been stabilized and evaluated.

Stroke Rehabilitation

If it is prescribed, rehabilitation under the direction of a physiatrist (physician specializing in rehabilitation medicine) generally begins as soon as a patient's vital signs are stable, usually within 48 hours. Rehabilitation therapy continues in the Hospital's inpatient rehabilitation unit or at a long-term care facility and may include physical, occupational, and speech/language therapy. Follow-up care through a home care agency may also be provided.


For more information, please call 718-246-8614 .

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