Stroke Center

​​​​​The UW Medicine Stroke Center at Harborview Medical Center is dedicated to the highest quality comprehensive care of stroke patients from diagnosis to rehabilitation. It is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

Our providers have dedicated their careers to the care of stroke patients, stroke education and stroke discovery, including ongoing investigations of new medications, new minimally invasive procedures and new surgeries.

Harborview offers stroke patients immediate response and access to specialists around-the-clock every day.

As a certified stroke center, Harborview provides the following service for patients suffering from a stroke:
  • Emergency medical services
  • Emergency department
  • Acute stroke teams
  • Neurosurgical services
  • Interventional neuroradiology services
  • Neuroimaging services (CT and MRI scanning capabilities)
  • Laboratory services
  • Written care protocols
  • Stroke unit
  • Commitment and support of medical organization
  • A stroke center director
  • Outcome and quality improvement activities
  • Continuing medical education for health-care professionals

Although few people realize it, everyone is at some risk for stroke. The good news is that many strokes can be prevented when people learn about risk factors and take steps to reduce or eliminate them. The stroke center provides prevention services for patients at every stage, from those who simply want to know their risk, to stroke victims who require treatment to avoid future attacks and those needing rehabilitation following a stroke.

If a stroke does occur, recognizing the warning signs and seeking medical help immediately greatly improve the chances of surviving with minimal impairment.

The five most common symptoms of a stroke are:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of face, arm or leg, especially if all on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you or someone you know may be having a stroke, call 911, immediately.

With advances in care, many stroke victims are able to resume some or all of their activities much earlier than in the past and reduce their risk of further attacks.

The UW Medicine Stroke Center at Harborview’s accolades include:

  • Certification as a primary stroke center by The Joint Commission
  • Caring for about 800 stroke patients annually, including many of the most severely effected stroke victims in the region
  • Stroke specialists with international reputations for medical discovery, including funding by the National Institutes of Health for stroke-related projects
  • Six board-certified vascular neurologists
  • The only Washington center with comprehensive training programs for future stroke specialists

For more information, please contact the stroke center at 206.744.3975.