Forsyth Medical Center

Stroke & neurosciences

Forsyth Medical Center Services Stroke & neurosciences

A quick response and treatment you can trust

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 one of only two certified comprehensive stroke centers 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 336-718-7229.

Neuroscience services

In addition to stroke, our services cover many other brain and movement disorders. Please follow the links for more information.

Neurosciences telemedicine network

If you’re a patient at one of several nearby community hospitals, your physician there can easily consult with Forsyth Medical Center’s neurologists through videoconferencing. This service is available in an emergency or for ongoing treatment of a stroke, brain aneurysm, concussion, brain tumor and epilepsy.


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.

Brain aneurysm

A brain aneurysm occurs when part of an artery wall weakens and swells. Symptoms include:

  • Sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches
  • Severe neck pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Nausea with vomiting
  • Seizures

If you or a loved one experiences these symptoms, call 911 immediately. If an aneurysm ruptures, it is a life-threatening medical emergency.

Brain tumor

If you have a brain tumor or neurological complications as a result of other forms of cancer, you can rely on the team at Forsyth Medical Center to provide leading-edge, compassionate care.

Headache and migraine

If you have chronic headaches, such as migraines, cluster headaches or tension headaches, a Novant Health physician who specializes in these conditions can help. If you’re 50 or older and get a new kind of headache you’ve never had before, consult a physician right away.

Back and neck problems
and treatments

Back and neck pain and other problems can have a significant impact on your daily life. At Forsyth Medical Center, we’re here to help you on your journey back to good spine health.

Epilepsy and seizures

At Forsyth Medical Center, we have experience diagnosing and caring for people who suffer from epilepsy and seizures, which occur because of surges of electrical activity in the brain. We can help you achieve a better quality of life. If you suffer from epilepsy or seizures, you may benefit from an evaluation in our world-class epilepsy monitoring unit.

Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders

Our goal at Forsyth Medical Center is to give you an accurate diagnosis and offer personalized support to help you and your family cope with your condition and maximize your quality of life. Ask your physician for a referral to a Novant Health specialty clinic.

Diagnostic testing

Our physicians, nurses and technicians specialize in advanced imaging and diagnostic tests for neurological disorders and injuries. You’ll need a physician referral for most tests.


For more information about stroke, brain and spine care at Forsyth Medical Center, please call 336-718-5000. To find a Novant Health neurologist, use our online directory.

Support services

For information on stroke and vascular diseases of the brain and spine, explore our health library and check out these healthcare resources.