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SUNY Downstate Stroke Center

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Prompt treatment at a Primary Stroke Center offers your best chance for preventing death and recovering from a stroke. In addition to standard tPA therapy, we use new catheter-based techniques to directly break up and dissolve clots within the brain as long as eight hours after a stroke starts.

Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke,
the brain's equivalent of a heart attack.


More than 750,000 people experience a stroke each year. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). Without the oxygen carried by the blood, brain cells begin to die immediately.

Prior to a major stroke, people sometimes experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) in which a clot obstructs an artery for a short time and creates stroke-like symptoms. Since these "temporary" or "mini-strokes' last only minutes or hours, people often ignore them. Do not dismiss such an episode! Prompt medical treatment after a TIA can often prevent a fatal or disabling stroke.

SUNY Downstate Stroke Center is one of the most advanced centers in the United States for the diagnosis, management, prevention and research of stroke and cerebrovascular disorders.We have been designated a Primary Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health in recognition of our having met the highest standards for the treatment of stroke patients, including speed of treatment and cutting-edge treatment advances. From the time a patient arrives in an ambulance, the stroke team is able to evaluate and treat him or her within minutes.

We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.