Primary Stroke Center

When it comes to stroke, the first 48 hours make all the difference.

Neurological emergencies, such as a stroke, often with next to no warning — and can alter your life and well being forever. If you have a stroke, it’s crucial to get expert medical treatment immediately. As a Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, North Shore Medical Center acts with urgency you need the moment you come through our doors. The Advanced Primary Stroke Center combines the resources and expertise of many medical specialties to quickly evaluate and treat your complex needs.

If you’re experiencing a stroke emergency, call 911.

Act F.A.S.T. to save a life.

When it comes to stroke, the faster you seek medical care, the better the outcome. The chances of brain damage increases for every minute the brain is deprived of necessary oxygen. Symptoms are easy to spot — if you know them. Here’s how to respond using the F.A.S.T. key signs.

Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down? Is the person able to lift their arms or does one arm drift down?
Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Do they slur any words? Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly?
Time. If the person is struggling with these basic commands, call 911 immediately.

Want to assess your stroke risk? Schedule an appointment for a stroke risk assessment by calling 1-800-984-3434.

Life can change in a matter of minutes.

While Carol Rose was having lunch with a friend, Carol’s face started drooping, and she had trouble drinking through a straw.

Carol’s friend took her to North Shore Medical Center as fast as she could.

Read her story

Get your mobility back.

Strokes can cause loss of function or movement, so North Shore offers rehabilitation therapy to help restore your mobility, writing and speech. You’ll have access to physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Your customized rehab program will feature quality care using the some of latest techniques and technology in a calm, comfortable atmosphere.

Contact us with any questions about potential rehabilitation options following your stroke treatment. 

Are you at risk for stroke?

If a stroke occurs, immediate medical attention is crucial. Arm yourself with information before the worst happens. Learn more about stroke and cerebrovascular disease in our online Health Library, with accessible information right when you need it.