Stroke care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic's world-renowned stroke teams include doctors trained in blood vessel and brain conditions (cerebrovascular neurologists), brain blood vessel imaging (endovascular surgical neuroradiologists), blood vessel brain surgery (vascular neurosurgeons), physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists), emergency medicine, and other subspecialists who work together to provide exactly the care you need.

Having all this expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion. Your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination, and the most highly specialized stroke experts in the world are all working together for you. What might take months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic stroke experts use advanced technology and sophisticated imaging tests to accurately diagnose strokes or other cerebrovascular conditions. They work together to determine the cause of your symptoms and to determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

At Mayo Clinic, experienced vascular neurosurgeons perform more than 1,300 procedures for stroke and other cerebrovascular conditions each year. They're experienced in determining and performing the most effective procedures using the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Find out about Mayo Clinic's stroke telemedicine program.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic's campuses in Florida and Minnesota are each certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, a national organization that evaluates and accredits hospitals and staff. Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, and the Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Mankato, Minnesota, are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines®--Stroke Gold Plus Target Honor Roll Elite achievement award.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Timely Stroke Care Allows Frankie Weekley to Keep Celebrating, Look Forward to Daughter's Wedding

    Frankie Weekley suffered a stroke that could have left her severely debilitated. But prompt access to stroke telemedicine saved Frankie?s life and minimized the effect the stroke had on her health. Frankie Weekley of Titusville, Florida, says she has three heroes: her husband, Parrish Medical Center and Mayo Clinic. Frankie credits all three with saving [...]

  2. Expert Stroke Care has Allen Witcher Walking, Cooking and Dancing Again

    After a stroke, Allen Witcher required complex surgery, followed by months of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Thanks to that comprehensive treatment, Allen now relishes each new day he has to enjoy. Married for 54 years, Allen and Betsy Witcher like being active together. They particularly enjoy ballroom dancing and going for daily walks. But it [...]

  3. Stroke of Luck ? Quick Response and New Treatment Keep Curtis Wood in the Game

    Quick assessment and expert care are key to successful stroke treatment. Curtis Wood benefitted from both through Mayo Clinic's Comprehensive Stroke Center. The last thing Curtis Wood remembers before waking up in the hospital was trying to close a bag of bagels. On Jan. 27, 2016, the Titusville, Florida, resident went to a local hardware [...]

  4. Playing Piano Again After Stroke Is Music to Judith Johnson?s Ears

    In October 2016, Judith Johnson, Ph.D. ? who is retired from the library at Florida State College at Jacksonville ? was at home recovering from back surgery. While she was sitting in bed talking on the phone with a friend, something suddenly went wrong. Judith felt herself sliding in between the bed and the nightstand. [...]

  5. Artist Back at the Drawing Board After A Stroke

    Shirley and Bob Gessner have weathered some tough times during their 56 years of marriage. But nothing could have prepared Shirley for the night of April 10, 2015, when she awoke at 3:30 a.m. to a thud ? the sound of her husband falling out of bed. ?I asked him what was the matter, but [...]

  6. Why I Walk: Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa

    Editor’s note: In this article, Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa, an intern in Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, shares her story and discusses why she participates in the First Coast Heart Walk, an annual event sponsored by Mayo Clinic. Growing up, I was always overweight. During my teenage years, in particular, I struggled — losing and gaining [...]

  7. Quick Access to Stroke Experts Through Telemedicine Makes All the Difference for George Hoggard

    George Hoggard knows a thing or two about the importance of a rapid response. A former firefighter, the 78-year-old Titusville, Florida, resident spent the better part of his 42-year career teaching astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center how to escape to safety in the event of an emergency on the launch pad. He also was [...]

  8. Former Airman, Stroke Survivor Tells of Life Punctuated by Commas

    When stroke survivor R. Brady Johnson first visited Mayo Clinic nearly nine years ago, his doctors didn't quite know what to make of him. Not only was his stroke, at age 31, unusual, but his post-stroke physicality surprised the team of neurologists he'd come to see. It had been just over a year since Brady, [...]

  9. Celebrating 40 Twice as Nice After Recovery From Surprising Stroke

    It was the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and despite having house guests, Sherry Pinkstaff, Ph.D., awoke at 6 a.m., just as she did every day, and began planning her morning run. Sherry, then 39, ran daily. Exercise was important to her. After all, she’d made it her career. She was a professor of physical therapy at [...]

  10. Teacher Smelling the Roses Again Thanks to Minimally Invasive Heart Procedures

    For years, Lucy Lorden suffered from an irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath. But one April morning in 2014, the Ormond Beach, Florida, elementary school teacher was barely able to walk from the parking lot to her classroom. Thinking she had pneumonia, Lucy, then 56, went to see her primary care doctor. “The doctor told [...]

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Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic's stroke experts provide comprehensive care for more than 20,000 people with stroke and other blood vessel and brain (cerebrovascular) conditions each year.

  • Expertise and experience. Mayo Clinic's campuses in Florida and Minnesota are certified as comprehensive stroke centers by The Joint Commission, a national organization that evaluates and accredits hospitals and staff. Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, and the Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Mankato, Minnesota, are certified as primary stroke centers by The Joint Commission.
  • Team approach. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in blood vessel and brain conditions (cerebrovascular neurologists), blood vessel conditions and imaging (endovascular surgical neuroradiologists), blood vessel conditions and brain surgery (vascular neurosurgeons), physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists), emergency medicine and other areas work together to promptly diagnose and treat people who have had strokes, and to prevent strokes in people who are at risk of strokes.
  • Latest technology. Mayo Clinic doctors use advanced technology and detailed imaging tests to diagnose strokes or other cerebrovascular conditions, to determine the cause of your symptoms and to determine the most appropriate treatment.
  • Innovative programs. Doctors at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota use stroke telemedicine to evaluate people who have had acute strokes at remote sites and provide treatment recommendations to doctors at other sites. Doctors communicate using digital video cameras, internet telecommunications, robots and other technology. Doctors at Mayo Clinic's Minnesota campus offer brain rehabilitation to people who have had strokes.
  • Research leader. Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers actively study stroke causes, risk factors, prevention, diagnostic tests and treatment options and conduct clinical trials.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

May 16, 2018