When you or a loved one are having a stroke, every second counts

When it comes to stroke, timing and expertise are everything. The sooner you receive a diagnosis and treatment, the greater your chances for recovery.

And, as research shows, receiving treatment at a designated Stroke Center reduces your risk of complications and improves your long-term outcomes.

These are just some reasons for choosing the Stroke Center at Phelps Hospital. Officially designated as a Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health, we prioritize every patient who arrives with signs of stroke, and provide immediate testing, diagnosis, and treatment.

In response to a suspected stroke, our team of experts acts fast. Within minutes, you will undergo a full assessment by world-class neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency physicians, radiologists and other specialists, who will rush you to CT/MRI imaging, and then develop an individualized, evidence-based treatment plan. After beginning treatment, they will closely monitor you around the clock for neurological changes.

Frasat Chaudhry, M.D., is our Phelps Hospital Stroke Specialist and Director of the Stroke Center.

Frasat Chaudhry, M.D.

Saving time reduces the risk of stroke-related disability, which is why we use Telestroke. This revolutionary technology allows our off-site neurologists to evaluate you remotely—at any hour, day or night, 365 days a year—and determine in real time if you qualify for a “clot-busting” drug or other fast-acting therapies.

Having consistently achieved quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with clot-buster tPA, the only FDA-approved drug treatment approved for stroke, Phelps’ Stroke Center has earned AHA/ASA Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus status. To learn more, visit the American Heart Association.

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Every year since 2009, the Phelps Stoke Center has received the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award—the American Heart and American Stroke Associations’ highest level of recognition—for consistently providing timely, aggressive, and quality stroke care.

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What is a stroke?

Stroke, the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., occurs when the critical flow of blood to the brain is disrupted. When blood flow is cutoff, your brain doesn’t receive oxygen or other nutrients. Even after a few minutes without blood or oxygen, brain cells will die.

A blood clot can cause this disruption by blocking one of the brain’s vital blood vessels, creating an ischemic stroke. Or, a blood vessel may burst and spill blood into surrounding tissues, causing a hemorrhagic stroke.

A transient ischemic attack (TIA), or “mini-stroke” may resemble a stroke, with many of the same symptoms. Although these symptoms last only a few minutes or up to 24 hours, they may indicate that a stroke is about to occur.

Our team of stroke experts uses innovative diagnostics and treatment for all types of strokes and related conditions, including transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), carotid artery dissection, and vascular dementia.

Comprehensive care gets you back on your feet

Phelps’ Stroke Center provides care that is comprehensive and compassionate. We work with you and your family to establish short- and long-term treatment goals, including self-care, mobility, communication, cognition, socialization, vocational training, and pain management. In addition to a neurologist and neurosurgeon, your expert care team may include:

The team at Phelps Hospital delivers compassionate care to patients who have suffered a stroke.
Phelps Hospital offers comprehensive physical and occupational therapy, and is the only community hospital in Westchester with an Inpatient Physical Rehab Unit.

Phelps is the only community hospital in Westchester with an Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Unit. This means you won’t need to transfer to a rehab facility to access physical, speech, or occupational therapies. After discharge, you will receive physical and occupational therapy at our outpatient physical rehabilitation facility, where therapists will help you strengthen your physical and cognitive abilities. You will also practice skills for daily living in a rehab “apartment,” complete with a fully furnished bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.

Preventing stroke starts with knowing the risk factors

Many risk factors can increase your risk of stroke, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Overweight
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Get screened for diabetes. People with uncontrolled blood glucose levels or diabetes have twice the risk of suffering a stroke.

The best way to reduce the risk of stroke is to live a healthy lifestyle: eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables; quit smoking; limit your alcohol consumption; and, exercise regularly.

BE FAST in recognizing these sudden warning signs of stroke:

stroke warning sings graphic: BE FAST: Balance: loss of balance Eyes: vision change in one or both eyes Face: uneven or drooping on one side  Arm: inability to hold up both arms, with one arm drifting back down Speech: slurring, inability to speak or make sense Time: Call 911 now!