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The Stroke Center

The Stroke Center

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States with approximately 800,000 people experiencing a stroke each year. This equates to one stroke every 40 seconds and one death every four minutes. A stroke occurs when:

  • Blood supply is blocked (ischemic stroke) which can be treated by the ‘clot-buster’ recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) – a highly effective medication that can either limit, or fully reverse the effects of a stroke, but must be given within four and a half hours after onset of stroke symptoms or,
  • A blood vessel within the brain ruptures (intracerebral or subarachnoid hemorrhage).

A stroke is a medical emergency and treatment should be sought as quickly as possible. NewYork-Presbyterian Queens is a Primary Stroke Center as designated by New York State and The Joint Commission, and offers:

  • A team of experts including vascular neurologists, stroke physician assistants (PAs), stroke coordinators, emergency medicine physicians, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons and other support staff that are available 24/7/365 for the treatment of a stroke.

    The stroke team at NYP Queens offers the latest treatment for acute ischemic stroke including thrombolytic therapy and mechanical thrombectomy
  • High quality care delivered by a team that has been recognized and awarded The Gold-Plus Award by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for the past three years.