The best stroke care in Southern Nevada

Joint Commission Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center

Our Joint Commission-certified stroke center offers diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, education and outreach for our patients.

To find a physician specializing in care for stroke, call us at (702) 233-5454.

Our team of doctors and nurses specializing in stroke treatment work to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible, beginning with emergency medical service workers in the community. The center also educates and builds awareness of stroke symptoms among healthcare professionals and the community.

Stroke statistics

About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or repeated stroke each year, according to the American Stroke Association. On average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds and kills 137,000 people a year. It is the fifth cause of death; stroke results in one of every 18 deaths. Our stroke specialists are working to change those statistics with help from the American Heart/Stroke Association and other healthcare organizations.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when an area of the brain is deprived of blood flow. The signs and symptoms of stroke can be similar to other conditions, so the physician will perform diagnostic tests to determine if you are actually having a stroke. A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) is the first step in determining if you have had a stroke and the type of stroke that is occurring.

Types of stroke

  • Ischemic stroke: This is the most common type of stroke. This type of stroke occurs when an artery that supplies the brain is greatly narrowed or blocked. A buildup of plaque causes the artery to narrow. Plaque in the arteries can break off in small pieces or the rough edges can cause blood clots. Blood clots eventually break free to become stuck in small blood vessels in the brain.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke: This type of stroke accounts for only 13 percent of strokes and occurs less frequently than ischemic stroke. However, it is responsible for 30 percent of all stroke deaths. Instead of a blockage, hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures, allowing blood to flow freely into the skull and brain tissue. This blood flow causes damage to the brain cells, and some people have defects in their blood vessels of the brain that make this more likely.
  • Transient ischemic attacks (TIA): This is often called a mini stroke because it is a temporary blockage of the artery and leaves no permanent brain damage. The symptoms of a TIA will go away within a 24 hour period, depending on which artery is blocked. It is often treated the same as stroke because the symptoms can be very similar. TIAs are a warning sign that should be discussed with your physician because more than 30 percent of people who experience TIAs ultimately experience a stroke.

Stroke symptoms

In the event of a stroke, time equals brain cell death. Stroke is an emergency, yet most people do not take action with symptoms of a stroke. Remember, stroke is a “brain attack.”
Symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness, weakness, tingling or loss of feeling in your face, arms or legs, especially on one side
  • Sudden slurred speech, trouble talking or problems with understanding others when they speak
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, double vision
  • Sudden loss of balance or falling
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Sudden dizziness or blackout

Stroke warning signs

Know the warning signs of a stroke by remembering to spot a stroke “F.A.S.T.”

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred?
  • Time: Act fast and call 911.
If you observe any of these signs, call 911 and ask to be transported to your nearest stroke hospital.

Stroke center awards and recognition

Sunrise Hospital and the hospital's Nevada Neurosciences Institute (NNI) have received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award is the highest level of recognition from the American Stroke Association. 2017 Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus  Award:American Heart Association, American Stroke Association

To receive the award, Sunrise Hospital meets the American Stroke Association's guidelines for exceptional care for stroke patients. Additionally, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute—that is located on the Sunrise campus—offers specialized neurological care and treatment for strokes, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, migraines and sleep disorders.

This award, along with our Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Certification, makes Sunrise's stroke program the leader in the community. In addition, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities or CARF has accredited our inpatient and outpatient neuro-rehabilitation. We follow the highest standards in helping patients regain physical strength and speech function. Our goal is to help our patients adapt to their new lifestyle as smoothly as possible.

Sunrise Hospital also earned the Target Stroke Honor Role Elite award which means most of our patients receive life-saving clot busting medication to treat acute stroke within 60 minutes.

Our procedure outcomes

  • Carotid artery procedures: The carotid arteries are located in the neck and bring oxygenated blood to the brain. These arteries may develop build-up of cholesterol and calcium over time resulting in the narrowing of the vessel. This can either lead to decreased flow of blood to the brain or even a stroke. Your physician may recommend a procedure to open the artery in order to restore normal blood flow to the brain.
  • Carotid artery stenting: Sunrise Hospital has very experienced cardiologists and neuro-interventional radiologists on staff who perform these procedures. Sunrise Hospital’s elective complication rate (strokes and/or death after a carotid artery stenting) was zero percent from the period of January 2018 to December 2018.
  • Carotid endarterectomy procedures: A procedure where a physician repairs the artery in the neck by surgically removing plaque from the inner wall of the artery is known as carotid endarterectomy. In addition to having experienced vascular surgeons on staff who perform this procedure, Sunrise Hospital’s complication rate following this procedure was 3% from the period of January 2018 to December 2018.
In the event of a stroke, get immediate help by calling 911.

Stroke resources

National resources


Phone Number


American Stroke Association

(800) AHA-USA1

National Stroke Association


American Diabetic Association
National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics

(800) 877-1600

American Heart Association

(800) AHA-USA1

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

(800) 352-9424
Hotline: (888) 4-STROKE

Las Vegas support groups

Sunrise Hospital is proud to offer our stroke support group to those in the Southern Nevada region. It is held every third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the

Sunrise Hospital Auditorium.
3186 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Stroke screenings

We also provide bi-yearly stroke prevention screenings, once during May for National Stroke Awareness Month and again during our annual H2U fall festival. This provides you an opportunity to speak with a registered nurse regarding personal risk factors and recognizing stroke symptoms.

Visit our calendar of events for more information and dates on this informative event!