What is a stroke treatment center?

For the quickest diagnosis and initiation of early treatment, it is important to go to a primary or comprehensive stroke treatment center, when possible, if you think you may be having a stroke. (If you are having stroke symptoms, do not drive yourself. Dial 911 immediately.) These centers are certified as meeting certain requirements, for example, having testing equipment, such as CT scans and MRIs available on a 24-hour emergency basis, doctors close at hand to read and interpret the results, and physicians and other healthcare professionals who specialize in recognizing and treating stroke. You can find out which hospitals in your area are accredited stroke centers through you local Department of Health or on the website of The Joint Commission.

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