Diagnosis and Treatment

At Danbury Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center, we have earned national certification by the Joint Commission and received the Silver Performance Award from the AHA’s Stroke Association for the quality of care we provide. Committed to remaining on the forefront of rapid and effective stroke care, we continue to incorporate the latest effective treatments.

Available 24/7, our Brain Attack stroke team provides quick assessment, diagnosis and treatment, including use of clot-dissolving medications when appropriate.

We provide comprehensive treatment and an integrated continuum of care for stroke patients, including:

  • A fully equipped Emergency Department
  • Radiology, neurology and neurosurgery services
  • A nationally recognized critical care unit
  • Inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation care

Stroke Symptoms and Risk Factors

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. A stroke occurs when blood vessels are blocked by a clot or burst, robbing the brain of blood and oxygen.

Risk Factors for Stroke

  • Age—The chances of having a stroke approximately double for each decade of life after age 55
  • Heredity—Your stroke risk is greater if there is a family history of stroke
  • Sex—Stroke is more common in men than women
  • Prior stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA) or heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Carotid or other artery disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Arterial fibrillation
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Lack of exercise, poor diet and being overweight

Signs of a Stroke

Look out for stroke warning signs and remember to Think FAST:

F – Facial Droop
A – Arm Weakness
S – Speech Slurred
T – Time to Call 911 

  • Sudden numbness or weakness 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
If you or a loved one experiences one of these warning signs, call 9-1-1 immediately! The sooner hospital treatment begins, the greater the likelihood for successful treatment. To learn more about the risk factors and signs of stroke, visit the American Stroke Association.