Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Few conditions can occur as rapidly and with as devastating consequences as stroke. Data from the American Stroke Association indicate that over 700,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year. Of these, about 500,000 are first attacks and 100,000 are recurrent attacks.
Yet about 4.5 million stroke survivors are alive today. The innovation of diagnostic technologies, advanced treatment techniques and improved management of stroke risk factors have created new hope for persons who have had a stroke or who are at risk of having a stroke. Both of our hospitals have been designated as primary stroke centers meaning our physicians, nurses and paramedics are specially trained in stroke care and available 24/7.
Our hospitals are dedicated to preventing, diagnosing and treating strokes, offering applications of the latest technology and medications while treating the stroke patient's entire needs. Watch videos about our Stroke Services.
Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital are designated Primary Stroke Service hospitals by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
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