Stroke Care

Act fast to get emergency help at the first signs of stroke to improve your treatment results and level of recovery. Get advanced stroke care at Nash UNC Health Care Primary Stroke Center in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Recognized, Primary Stroke Center

Stroke Risk Factors

Learn what raises your risk for having a stroke and how you can lower your risk

Feel confident about the excellent care and treatment you’ll receive at Nash UNC. We’ve earned:

  • Certification as a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center. That means Nash UNC provides high-quality care to meet the specialized needs of stroke patients and improve outcomes.
  • Get With the Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll Award and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This quality achievement award recognizes our effort to make sure stroke patients get the proper medication and other treatments according to national guidelines.

What’s a Stroke?

A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to your brain. It can happen when a blood vessel bursts (hemorrhagic) or a clot blocks it (ischemic). Or you may experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) because blood stops flowing to part of your brain.

Recognize a Stroke

Your response time to stroke symptoms can have an effect on your rehabilitation needs and ability to recovery.

Quick Stroke Diagnosis

Receive fast care for stroke symptoms when you arrive at the Nash UNC Emergency Department thanks to our dedicated stroke team and board-certified neurologist, available 24/7. If you come by ambulance to Nash UNC, count on your paramedic to tell us about your condition ahead of time. When you arrive, your stroke assessment will begin right away.

Benefit from a rapid stroke diagnosis at Nash UNC, which allows you access to the most effective brain-saving treatments and provides better outcomes.

Know When Your Symptoms Started

Tell your emergency medical technician and stroke care team when you had your first signs of stroke.

Telestroke Technology

Trust our skilled care team to make quick and informed decisions about your stroke diagnosis and treatment. You’ll take part in a telestroke exam using “Nelson” the robot. Nelson provides video conferencing to let an off-site, expert neurologist join your care team. You can talk to your doctor and rely on your care team to help you understand the next steps in your treatment.

Stroke Treatments

Depend on us to provide the treatments you need during and after your stroke, including:

Stroke Rehabilitation & Recovery

You’ll start rehabilitation soon after your stroke. Feel confident you’ll receive excellent rehabilitation services because the Nash Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center holds accreditation for high-standards of care from the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Experienced Stroke Rehabilitation Team

Work with a specialized team at the Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center to return to your best possible quality of life after a stroke. Depending on your individual needs, your rehabilitation program may include care and services from:

  • Rehabilitation doctors
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Recreational therapists
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Clinical licensed social workers
  • Dietitians

Quality Care & Outcomes

You’ll appreciate the importance we place on your ability to return home after hospital stroke rehabilitation. The inpatient rehabilitation program you’ll take part in sends a higher percentage of patients home than other rehabilitation programs in the nation.

Learn more about the quality and patient outcomes of our stroke rehabilitation program.

Stroke Support

After you go home, get encouragement from other stroke survivors and families during weekly meetings of the Emily Ellis Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group.

Stroke Resources

Visit the National Stroke Association website for more information about stroke.

Know the Signs of a Stroke

Use the acronym FAST to spot sudden symptoms of a stroke and get immediate help.

  • Face – Smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms – Raise both arms. Does one arm drift down?
  • Speech – Repeat a simple phrase. Is speech slurred or strange?
  • Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.

National Recognition in Stroke Care

stroke awards 2020

Nash UNC Health Care earned national recognition for quality achievements in heart and stroke care. For the people of our community, these honors serve as reassurance that immediate life-saving treatment is close by. And that can make all the difference in the world.