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Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke. At Albany Med, our stroke team is ready 24/7 to provide patients with the most advanced treatments available.

Expert Stroke Care


Gary L. Bernardini, MD, PhD
Director,
Stroke and Neurocritical Care

A stroke occurs when there’s a disturbance in the amount of blood delivered to part of the brain, resulting in injury to brain tissue. Most strokes are due to a blocked blood vessel, but rupture of a blood vessel can also cause a stroke. The severity of strokes can range from mild to life-threatening, but a stroke is always an emergency requiring rapid diagnosis and treatment. Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke. Immediately call 911 if someone displays symptoms of a stroke.

As the region's most advanced stroke hospital, Albany Med’s expert stroke team at The Neurosciences Institute is ready 24/7 to provide patients with cutting-edge treatments they need to improve their chances of a successful recovery. The stroke team is lead by physicians and nurses with specialized training in diagnosis and treatment of stroke. Using the latest treatment options ranging from injections of “clot busting” drugs to clot removal devices that are used to reopen blocked blood vessels, the stroke team has advanced treatment for stroke immediately and up to 8 hours after the onset of symptoms.

The high standards and outcomes of our stroke team have resulted in the highly sought after certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and being designated a Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health, as well as prestigious honors and awards from the American Stroke and Heart Associations.

Albany Med provides consultation and works closely with other hospitals throughout upstate New York, western Massachusetts and Vermont to facilitate rapid transfer of patients to Albany Med for expert evaluation and treatment of stroke.

Click here to watch and read more about Neil Petteys experience at Albany Med.

Meet Neil

Neil Petteys was at a party when he suffered a stroke. Quick work by those on the scene and doctors at Albany Med has Neil on the road to recovery.

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Meet Mark
A serious stroke didn’t stop Mark Sullivan from completing his term as president of a local college—thanks to the rapid care he received at Albany Med.

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