Stroke Care

A stroke can happen to anyone at any age – and getting fast, expert treatment is critical. As the most comprehensive network in the region, Hackensack Meridian Health gives you access to life-saving treatments closer to home. Caring for thousands of stroke patients annually, our stroke centers are certified by the Joint Commission (TJC) as Primary and Comprehensive Stroke Centers and licensed as Comprehensive Stroke Centers by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDOHSS).

Get the Right Stroke Treatment Faster

The faster a stroke patient gets emergency care, the better the outcome. With 12 high level stroke centers in hospitals across the state, we deliver the right therapies, right away.

  • 24/7 coverage by our rapid-response stroke team comprised of a nurse practitioner or R.N. and a neurologist to ensure that treatment begins as soon as possible
  • Access to medication that can be administered within the three-hour window
  • 24/7 access to comprehensive diagnostic equipment including laboratory testing and CT Scan

Call 911 immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms of stroke

  • Sudden weakness or numbness, especially on one side of the body
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Dizziness, balance problems, or difficulty walking
  • Sudden severe headache

Stroke Risk Factors

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity/poor diet
  • If you are over the age 55
  • Personal or family history of stroke or heart disease
  • Gender (Stroke is more common in men)
  • Race (African Americans are twice as likely to die from stroke than Caucasians)

Stroke Treatment

  • Ischemic stroke, caused by a clot blocking blood flow to the brain. We deliver emergency clot-busting treatments, like tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and mechanical thrombectomy, faster than the national standard, giving you the best chance of a full recovery.
  • Hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke, including intracerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage, caused by a ruptured blood vessel in the brain.
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a mini-stroke, a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain that causes stroke-like symptoms. If you have a mini-stroke, it may be a warning sign that a stroke is coming – and our experts can help you lower that risk.

Recognized for Our Stroke Expertise

Our team of emergency medicine physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, nurses and other specialists has provided the highest level of care for even the most severe strokes.

  • Hackensack University Medical Center, JFK University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center are designated Comprehensive Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission, which is the highest level of certification for hospitals equipped to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. 
  • Nine of our regional hospitals are nationally-accredited as Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission: Bayshore Medical Center; Mountainside Medical Center; Ocean University Medical Center; Old Bridge Medical Center; Packsack Valley Medical Center; Palisades Medical Center; Raritan Bay Medical Center; Riverview Medical Center; and Southern Ocean Medical Center.
  • Twelve hospitals and medical centers received 2021 Gold Plus Get with the Guidelines—Stroke awards from the American Heart Association.
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center received America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care Award in 2022, 2021 and 2020 from Healthgrades

  • JFK University Medical Center received America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care Award in 2022 and Stroke Care Excellence Award in 2021 and 2020 from Healthgrades 
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When it comes to stroke, our comprehensive programs are the region’s leaders – offering nationally-accredited Stroke Rescue Centers, the most advanced treatment options, and stroke rehabilitation.

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