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Comprehensive Stroke Care

Female stroke patient with MRIWhen a stroke happens, every minute matters. 

The faster you are diagnosed and treated, the better the chances for recovery. That’s why the stroke center at UC San Diego Health is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, providing an immediate response from a team of specialty-trained experts.

Our stroke center at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest was one of the first five certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers in the nation. In 2017, our Jacobs Medical Center facility in La Jolla also received the Comprehensive Stroke Center designation, making UC San Diego the only health system in the county with two sites for comprehensive stroke care.

Our physicians are internationally recognized as leaders and experts in the fields of stroke care, prevention and research.

We have earned the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association and are listed on their Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. More about our stroke quality and outcomes

Warning Signs of Stroke

The signs of stroke and what to do:

F - Face drooping
A - Arm weakness
S - Speech difficulty
T - Time to call 911

Warning Signs & Risk Factors

Online Second Opinions

If you've received a diagnosis that requires neurosurgery and would like one of our neurosurgeons to review your X-rays and other imaging studies, UC San Diego Health offers online imaging reviews. It's an easy and affordable way to help you make an informed decision before neurosurgery. For more information, see Online Second Opinions.