University Medical Center of El Paso is dedicated to fostering better outcomes for patients through its Advanced Primary Stroke Center, which is recognized by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.
Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center
As a Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, UMC’s team specializes in life-saving stroke care and works in a timely manner to diagnose, treat and provide early rehabilitation to stroke patients. Team members include neurointerventionalists, neurologist, neurosurgeons, emergency medicine physicians and specially trained nursing staff. UMC's Rehabilitation Department also plays an important role in stroke recovery, providing therapy services such as physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy to stroke patients. These services are initiated early on to start the recovery process. With our team of experts, a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment and state-of-the-art equipment we are able to provide life-saving stroke care to the El Paso community and residents of the region.
Additionally, UMC is the first and only hospital in El Paso to have 24/7 coverage by an Interventional Neurologist. The Neurology program is rapidly growing and committed to providing life-saving care to victims of stroke. UMC’s team of experts continues to stay up-to-date with the latest medical treatment and technology and is striving to become a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
What is Stroke?
Stroke is an emergency. It is an attack on the brain, which cuts off vital blood flow and oxygen. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing 137,000 people each year in the United States. It is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in adults.
Signs and Symptoms
It is important that all of us recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke. If you or someone you know has the following symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Weakness or numbness on one side of the face or body
- Confusion or trouble speaking
- Sudden vision problems
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance
- Severe headaches with no known cause