UM BWMC is a Primary Stroke Center

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the country, and the third leading cause of death in Maryland. Strokes take more than 140,000 lives each year.

That's why UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, meaning it can provide life-saving treatment to patients who may have suffered a stroke. The Primary Stroke Center designation permits Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to transport apparent stroke patients to Primary Stroke Centers that meet the American Stroke Association and Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) standards of care for stroke patients.

The medical center's stroke unit, along with its physicians and nurses, provide stroke patients with the care they need, 24 hours a day. Starting with the "brain attack team," a team of specialists designated to provide stroke patients with immediate care, the unit follows special pathways and protocols designed specifically for stroke patients to ensure that every patient receives the highest quality care.

Community Programs for Stroke Patients

UM BWMC offers special programs for the general public, and for those who have suffered a stroke and/or are at risk of one:

  • The Stroke Support Group is open to individuals who have suffered from a stroke and their friends and family. It is free of charge and meets the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, please call 410-787-4138.
  • Yoga for Stroke Patients is a specially designed yoga class for individuals who have experienced a stroke. Yoga has been shown to increase strength and flexibility, improve core strength, balance, coordination, and posture, improve breathing and the cardiovascular system, increase bone strength, improve brain function, decrease stress, and lower blood pressure - all beneficial to continued recovery for stroke survivors. This class is recommended for any stroke survivor who has completed rehabilitation, regardless of level of ability. Physician consent is required and participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat. For dates and times, visit our exercise classes page.

brainKnow the Symptoms of Stroke

Dial 911 immediately if you have the following symptoms suddenly:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause