Presbyterian Medical Center

Stroke & neurosciences

Presbyterian Medical Center Services Stroke & neurosciences

Nationally recognized care for brain, spine and nerve disorders

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 Presbyterian Medical Center.

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We are a certified primary stroke center by The Joint Commission, the country’s leading accrediting organization for improving healthcare, for our innovative procedures, advanced technology and adherence to rigid treatment protocols.

Our team of board-certified neurologists, surgeons and other specialists can provide diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions that affect the brain and nervous system. 

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 the 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 Presbyterian 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 704-384-9437 to learn more about the Stroke Bridge Clinic.

Stroke navigator services

Presbyterian 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. To learn more about stroke navigator services, call 704-316-6239.


If stroke or another neurological condition has left you or a loved one affected by physical, speech and cognition deficits, our multidisciplinary rehabilitation team can help. Outpatient stroke rehabilitation services are offered at the Novant Health Rehabilitation Center. For more information, please call 704-316-1900.

Brain aneurysm

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

  • Sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness
  • Severe neck pain
  • Blurred vision
  • 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 Presbyterian Medical Center to provide leading-edge, compassionate care.

Concussion and brain trauma
A blow to your head can cause a concussion, which often results in headache, confusion, dizziness or other symptoms that might show up right away – or days or even weeks later. If the symptoms are pronounced, you may want to visit our emergency department or a Novant Health physician. For athletes, we recommend baseline testing
so that if he or she ever has a concussion, we can more accurately assess any damage.
Headaches and migraines

At Presbyterian Medical Center, we can diagnose and care for all types of headaches including migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches. If you’re age 50 or older and experience a new kind headache you’ve never had before, consult a physician.

Back and neck problems
and treatments

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

Epilepsy and seizures
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 Presbyterian 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.

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.


Children are susceptible to brain disorders such as aneurysms and epilepsy; in addition to many developmental conditions, they require special treatment. If your child needs help, Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital may be able to provide it. For more information, call the hospital at 704-384-4021, or Novant Health Pediatric Neurology at 704-384-1390.


For more information about stroke, brain and spine care at Presbyterian Medical Center, call 704-384-4000. To find a Novant Health neurologist, use our online directory or call 704-384-CARE (2273).

Support services

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

Novant Health Neurology Specialists provides an outpatient stroke clinic as a place for stroke survivors to recover, regain their lives and prevent additional strokes in the future. For more information, call 704-384-9437.