According to the American Stroke Association, every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, making this disease the nation's fourth leading cause of death. Stroke is also the leading cause of serious disability.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when a part of the brain's blood supply is suddenly interrupted by a clot or when a blood vessel bursts. When blood flow is blocked, brain cells die because oxygen and nutrients cannot get through.

Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weaknessof the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble talking, or understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeingin one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headachewith no known cause.

Stroke Treatment

If you experience any of the above symptoms, call 911 immediately.  A medication to break up the clot can be given but only within 3 hours from the start of your symptoms.

Certified Primary Stroke Center

Palms of Pasadena Hospital has been certified by the Joint Commission. This certification means that our program complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality care in the rapid response and treatment of acute stroke patients.

Services Offered

  • Emergency Room Services -Board certified emergency room physicians rapidly evaluate patients.
  • Diagnostic Services- A comprehensive approach to the evaluation of cerebrovascular disorders, including MRI, MRA, CT, CTA, Brain perfusion and complete laboratory i-STAT testing.
  • Neurologists -Perform neurological examinations, diagnose and treat nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.
  • Teleneurology - With electronic communication methods, patients have 24/7 access to board certified neurologists/stroke experts to help evaluate conditions and confer with ER physicians at the bedside. 
  • Inpatient Services- A group of specially trained, multi-specialty physicians, nurses and health care professionals provide coordinated stroke care for patients who are hospitalized.
  • Rehabilitation- Highly trained rehabilitation specialists assist in a stroke patient's long term recovery. Providing physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapy, and a number of other therapies, they develop individualized programs of care tailored to each patient's needs and abilities following a stroke.
  • Education- Educational sessions offered to the community emphasize stroke awareness and the reduction of stroke risk.


The Joint Commission
2018 Get with the Guidelines - Stroke - Gold Plus

Palms of Pasadena Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

In addition, Palms of Pasadena Hospital received the association’s /Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.