New Jersey Stroke Centers

Know the Warning Signs. Act Quickly

A stroke is a serious event where blood is cut off from the brain. Strokes can be treated, but they need to be attended to by medical professionals as soon as possible. Every minute a stroke is left untreated, a person is at greater risk for suffering permanent brain and/or nerve damage. If your family has a history of high blood pressure or heart disease, you are at an increased risk of having a stroke. It is important to learn your risk factors and ensure you have a response plan in place should a stroke ever occur.

The easiest way to identify strokes is with the F.A.S.T. system:

  • Face – Is one side of the face numb or drooping? Is it possible to smile?
  • Arm – Do you have feeling in both arms? Can you raise them both up without one drifting down?
  • Speech – Can you speak with slurring words? Are you able to form coherent sentences?
  • Time – Call 911 immediately if any of the above symptoms occur. Every second counts during a stroke.

Some other symptoms of a stroke include blurry vision, sudden headaches, memory loss, and fatigue. You have higher stroke risk factors if you drink excessively, smoke, have hypertension, or have been diagnosed with diabetes. It is difficult to see a stroke coming, so learning your risk factors is very important for preventing long-term stroke damage.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

A TIA is similar to a stroke, except it is shorter and does not do permanent damage. Some people even refer to it as a “ministroke.” While TIAs do not have the same impact as a stroke, they are nothing to take lightly. Suffering a TIA means you are much more likely to have a full stroke later on. The silver lining here is that having the ministroke should alert you to your high risk-factors and give you a chance to prevent a stroke from occurring.

While a TIA does not necessarily warrant a trip to the emergency room, you should still seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your doctor will want to confirm the event as a ministroke and start you on a stroke prevention plan. This may include medication, exercise, dietary changes, and stress management. Our stroke care centers can be found throughout New Jersey and are staffed with board-certified neurologists.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
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Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
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The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
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Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
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Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at RWJUH
200 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
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RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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RWJ University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 381-4200
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RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200
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Provident Bank Ambulatory Center
395 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07304
(201) 915-2410
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