Welcome to Primary Stroke Services

Newton-Wellesley Hospital has been designated by the Department of Public Health as a Primary Stroke Center. As a Primary Stroke Center, the Hospital complies with national standards and provides critical and immediate interventions to achieve improved stroke patient outcomes. The Acute Stroke Team at Newton-Wellesley consists of neurologists, radiologists, radiology technicians, expert nurses, rehabilitation specialists and case managers.

Facts About Stroke

  • Each year in the United States, approximately 700,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke. More than 150,000 of these people die, making stroke the third leading cause of death.
  • On average, every 45 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke.
  • Women account for about six out of every 10 stroke deaths.
  • Eighty-seven percent of strokes are ischemic (caused by a blockage of a blood vessel). The remainder are caused by bleeding.

Warning Signs

You can decrease your risk for stroke by reducing your stroke risk factors:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
  • Any other sudden neurological dysfunction.


Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

You can decrease your risk for stroke by reducing your stroke risk factors:

  • Treat high blood pressure. Eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight and exercise to reduce blood pressure. Medications are also available.
  • Quit cigarette smoking. Medical help is available to help you quit.
  • Manage heart disease. Your doctor can treat your heart disease and may prescribe medication to help prevent the formation of clots. If you are over 50, ask your doctor about aspirin therapy.
  • Control diabetes. Treatment can delay complications that increase the risk of stroke.
  • Seek help for Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs). TIAs are small strokes that last only a few minutes or hours. They should never be ignored and can be treated with medication or surgery.


Newton-Wellesley Hospital has received the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
This award recognizes Newton-Wellesley’s commitment to quality and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.



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