May is National Stroke Awareness Month


Stroke Care at the University of Michigan

It takes a specialized team to diagnose and treat strokes. Recognized by the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, patients at the University of Michigan are treated by emergency medicine, neurology, neurosurgery and neurointerventional radiology physicians who are specially trained in stroke care.

Vascular surgeons, cardiologists, internal medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians are also part of the care team, allowing U-M to offer care for those with a minor stroke to those in a more complex situation. Our team treats patients before, during and after suffering a stroke, through preventive, emergent and rehabilitative care.

Visit our Stroke page for more information on stroke care at the University of Michigan, or visit the Stroke Treatment at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center page to learn about our stroke clinic.


Joint Commission seal and American Heart Association certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center


Important Information About Stroke from the American Stroke Association

  • Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die.
  • About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year, with about three in four being first-time strokes.
  • In the U.S., about as many people have a stroke each year (795,000) as a heart attack (790,000).
  • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke.
  • Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, killing more than 133,000 people a year in 2014. That’s 1 in every 20 deaths.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and the leading preventable cause of disability. Stroke, or vascular dementia, is also a leading cause of memory loss.

What is FAST?

FAST is a simple way to remember the main symptoms of stroke. Recognizing these symptoms helps you know when to call for medical help. FAST stands for:

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call 911