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 100 procedures for stroke and other cerebrovascular conditions each year, and they're experienced in determining and performing the most effective procedures using the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic's campuses in Florida and Minnesota are certified comprehensive stroke centers while campuses in Arizona and at the Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Eau Claire, Wis., and La Crosse, Wis., are certified as primary stroke centers by The Joint Commission, a national organization that evaluates and accredits health care providers.

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.

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 comprehensive stroke centers while campuses in Arizona and at the Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Eau Claire, Wis., and La Crosse, Wis., are certified as primary stroke centers by The Joint Commission, a national organization that evaluates and accredits health care providers.
  • 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, 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 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 in Minnesota 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.

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.