Stroke Services

You have access to emergency stroke care, leading therapies and robust recovery services close to home. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or visit your local emergency department.

A stroke can bring life-changing complications. Receiving immediate medical care from an experienced program, lowers this risk. Nuvance Health has one of the only nationally recognized stroke programs in New York’s Hudson Valley and Western Connecticut.

You receive complete care, including leading stroke treatments and rehabilitation techniques to safely transition you back to daily life. Even if the stroke does not respond to standard treatments, you may still have options, including minimally invasive procedures to remove blood clots from the brain. Our services also include preventive services that lower your risk of a future stroke.

How to Detect Signs of Stroke and Get Emergency Care

Stroke symptoms come on suddenly and may include:

  • Confusion
  • Coordination problems, like dizziness and difficulty walking or standing
  • Inability to speak or slurred speech
  • Weakness in your legs, face or arms
  • Vision problems, including blurry vision

If a loved one shows signs of stroke, follow the National Stroke Association’s recommendations and think F.A.S.T.:
  • F = Face: If the person tries to smile, does one side of their face droop?
  • A = Arms: Can they raise both arms at the same time? Or, does one arm drift downward?
  • S = Speech: Ask your loved one to repeat a simple phrase. Does their speech sound different?
  • T = Time: If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to dial 911. This is the quickest way to access emergency stroke care.

Renowned Stroke Care at Nuvance Health

Nuvance Health consistently delivers care that meets or exceeds national guidelines, earning our programs national recognition, including:

  • Primary Stroke Center Certification: Norwalk Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center have earned certification. We maintain some of the highest care standards in stroke treatment, recovery and rehabilitation.
  • Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll: Norwalk Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center have maintained this award from the American Heart Association for several years running. Only hospitals delivering stroke care aligning with the latest scientific evidence earn this award.
  • Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) designation: Northern Duchess Hospital has earned the highest CARF accreditation level. This achievement means you can count on us for rehabilitation services that maximize your recovery.
Stroke Services

At Nuvance Health, you have access to more of the services you need close to home. We offer:

  • Emergency stroke care: Stroke specialists are available around the clock and come together within minutes to evaluate stroke symptoms. We use a team approach to coordinate care and help you receive the therapies that are right for your needs. Find out more about acute stroke treatment.
  • Leading treatments: Nuvance Health was one of the first programs in the region to offer mechanical thrombectomy for complex strokes. Doctors use small incisions and sophisticated instruments to remove blood vessel blockages and restore blood flow to the brain. Get more information about mechanical thrombectomy.
  • Rehabilitation: You receive therapies that maximize your recovery from the effects of stroke. Rehabilitation specialists develop a personalized plan that may include physical therapy and assistance from social workers. Read more about stroke rehabilitation.
  • Prevention: Survivors face a higher risk of future stroke. Stroke specialists deliver a range of services, including monitoring and procedures when necessary, to lower this risk. Learn more about aneurysm, cerebrovascular disease and stroke prevention.
  • Support: When someone experiences a stroke, it can impact their entire family. We help ease some of the stress of stroke recovery with a support group for patients and their loved ones.