Welcome to Salinas Valley Memorial’s Certified Stroke Center.
A stroke occurs when circulation of blood and nutrients to the brain fails. There are two basic categories of stroke: those caused by a blockage of blood flow (ischemic stroke) and those caused by bleeding in or around the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the oxygen it needs and begins to deteriorate. Your doctor will tell you what type of stroke you have had and talk with you about your treatment and rehabilitation.
Some people have stroke symptoms that last only a short time, and then go away on their own. This is called a Transient Ischemic Attack or TIA. A TIA is a sign that you have a serious medical problem that is likely to progress to a stroke in the future. Anyone experiencing signs of a stroke or seeing warning signs of a stroke in someone else should call 9-1-1 immediately.
Salinas Valley Memorial’s proven expertise in caring for people who have had a stroke has earned us special Advanced Certification from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. We are also designated as a Stroke Receiving Center for Monterey County. This means that we have a special team to provide rapid diagnosis and treatment for stroke patients, designated areas in the hospital with specially trained staff to care for patients with stroke, and integrated services from several departments throughout our hospital. We have also gone a step above these certification requirements by becoming the only Monterey County hospital to provide 24/7 coverage by a local neurologist.