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Time is critical when diagnosing and treating a stroke or transient ischemic attack. At Wake Forest Baptist Health, our team of highly trained stroke specialists and advanced technology work together to provide rapid response care for stroke. Our team of experienced physicians and compassionate staff help you every step of the way, from diagnosis through stroke treatment and recovery. 

Wake Forest Baptist is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, a nationally recognized review organization, for our excellent care for stroke. We also received a special designation from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness, part of the National Institutes of Health. 

What is a Stroke? 

A stroke is a serious medical condition that requires emergency care, because brain cells begin to die after a few minutes without oxygen. Early treatment is important to help prevent lasting brain damage, long-term disability or even death. 

There are two types of strokes: 

  • Ischemic, caused by blood clots that block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to part of the brain 
  • Hemorrhagic, caused by sudden bleeding in the brain that damages brain cells 

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is similar to a stroke, but the blood flow is blocked only for a short time. A TIA is also serious: it’s a warning sign that you are likely to have a stroke in the future. 

Symptoms of Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack 

When a stroke kills or damages brain cells, the symptoms appear in the parts of the body that these brain cells control. A TIA has the same symptoms as a stroke, but they typically last only 10 to 20 minutes. Symptoms for both stroke and TIA include: 

  • Sudden, severe headache 
  • Dizziness, confusion, fainting or coma 
  • Numbness, tingling, weakness or paralysis (inability to move) in your arm, leg or face on one side of your body 
  • Loss of eyesight or blurry eyesight in one eye 
  • Sudden weakness 
  • Trouble speaking or understanding speech 

Diagnosing Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack 

If you are having a stroke, your physician’s first priority will be to determine what type (ischemic or hemorrhagic). Your physician will also want to rule out other conditions that have similar symptoms. 

At Wake Forest Baptist, we use several tools to confirm a diagnosis and check for complications. Some initial tests that your physician may recommend include: 

Wake Forest Baptist is recognized for our expertise in diagnosing stroke. Learn more about heart and vascular diagnosis at Wake Forest. 

Treating Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack at Wake Forest Baptist 

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has a Level I Trauma Center – that means we have the advanced technology and specialized team necessary to dream all life-threatening conditions, such as a stroke. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, we have an expert triage team that we activate immediately to access your condition and get treatment as fast as possible. Treatments may include: 

Contact Us 

Request an appointment online. Or, for more information, please call: 

  • 336-716-WAKE or 
  • 888-716-WAKE (toll-free)


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Last Updated: 08-24-2016
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