Forsyth Medical Center

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Forsyth Medical Center Services Stroke & mini-stroke

Every second counts, when it comes to stroke care

A stroke can change your life, but it doesn’t have to ruin it. In many cases, quick, highly coordinated, expert care can help a stroke victim survive the attack with minimal disability. That’s the kind of care you receive at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center.

We have the first certified comprehensive stroke center in the Winston-Salem region at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. Our comprehensive stroke center has been certified three times since 2012, the first year the designation was available from The Joint Commission, the country's leading accrediting organization for improving healthcare. Certification recognizes innovative procedures, advanced technology and adherence to stricter treatment standards for stroke care.

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If you or a loved one comes to us with a suspected stroke, our round-the-clock stroke team will take action, make a solid diagnosis and begin the appropriate treatment right away. The team includes emergency medicine physicians, neurologists and nurses who specialize in stroke care. Our stroke team also includes interventional radiologists and neurosurgeons who are always on call.

If you’re admitted to our dedicated neurosciences unit, our highly-trained stroke specialists will ensure that you receive expert care 24 hours a day.

Emergency treatment for stroke

Call 911 at the first sign of a stroke.

F-A-S-T is an easy way to remember three warning signs of a stroke and what to do:

  • F – Facial paralysis
  • A – Arm weakness
  • S – Speech difficulties
  • T – Time to call 911

Do not ignore these warning signs, even if they go away. Stroke is a serious medical emergency, and time can make a huge difference in your outcome.

Similar symptoms may indicate other medical problems, including a transient ischemic attack, (TIA)
. These “mini-strokes” are also very serious. Call 911 for help. Our experts at Forsyth Medical Center can do a TIA evaluation to determine your level of risk for stroke in the future, and work with you to lower than risk.

Stroke Bridge Clinic

If you are well enough to leave the hospital, but still face serious cognitive or physical challenges, our dedicated team will help you transition from hospital to home. Call 336-718-7063 to learn more about the Stroke Bridge Clinic.

Stroke navigator services

Forsyth Medical Center is with you every step of the way on your recovery journey. A stroke navigator can help coordinate your follow-up care and give you the support and knowledge you need to understand your condition. Call the stroke navigator at 336-718-5284.

Neuroscience services you can trust


If stroke or another condition has left you or a loved one affected by physical, speech and mental deficits, our rehabilitation team can help. We offer both inpatient and outpatient rehab services at locations close to home.