Work with experts who can quickly identify, treat and manage a stroke.

If you think you are experiencing a stroke, call 911.

A stroke is a medical emergency. New treatments and interventions are now available that may reverse or reduce the effects of a stroke if given early enough. Our team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to evaluate and treat patients during a stroke emergency and provide high-quality care to support recovery. 

We use the latest clot-busting treatments — including the Solitaire FR Device. Learn more about our stroke and specialty services

Knowing the risk factors, signs and symptoms of a stroke can help save someone’s life.

A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked. This can happen when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. Help the Penn State Comprehensive Stroke Center spread the word about the symptoms of stroke and what to do if you suspect a stroke.

Support Groups

Stroke Support Group

This group provides programs of interest to stroke survivors and their caregivers as well as an opportunity for support and socialization.

Registration is not required...

This group provides programs of interest to stroke survivors and their caregivers as well as an opportunity for support and socialization.

Registration is not required and there is not a fee to attend.

All sessions take place via Zoom. For information on how to attend, please contact the Penn State Stroke Center at 717-531-7875.

Stroke Support Group (Pediatric)

This group provides monthly programs of interest to the parents and caregivers of pediatric stroke survivors. Children are invited to join every other month. Monthly meetings...

This group provides monthly programs of interest to the parents and caregivers of pediatric stroke survivors. Children are invited to join every other month. Monthly meetings take place via Zoom.

Questions? Contact:

Alicia Richardson
Phone: 717-531-1390
arichardson2@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Cesar Velasco
Phone: 717-531-3638
cvelasco@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

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Our Experts in Stroke Care

Penn State Health stroke experts offer a variety of treatments and services for stroke, vascular formations and brain aneurysms.

Why Choose Penn State Health

Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center

There are three types of certification for stroke centers in the United States — Primary, Comprehensive and Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals. There are many Primary Stroke Centers across the U.S., but there are far fewer Comprehensive Stroke Centers that meet the distinguished criteria. 

Penn State Stroke Center is one of only seven health care facilities in Pennsylvania, and the first one in Central Pennsylvania, to achieve status as a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. 

Learn more about Penn State’s Comprehensive Stroke Center designation.

Watch a short video about stroke center certification.

Quality Stroke Care

Penn State Health is one of the premier academic medical centers in the northeast. We are committed to a bold new vision of health care — and to the people, partnerships and progressive technologies that bring this vision to life.

We have been widely recognized in numerous national and regional rankings for quality, patient safety, and physician and nursing excellence. Learn more about our Stroke Quality Measures.

Convenient Locations

Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.

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