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Stroke Services

Rockdale Medical Centers’ Certified Primary Stroke Center provides the state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, and experts to provide advanced imaging tests and accurate diagnosis of stroke conditions. The center is in partnership with Piedmont Heart so you can rest assured that in the event of a stroke, our team of professionals has the best tools and knowledge needed to quickly determine the cause of the stroke and begin treatment.


According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. When someone shows signs of a stroke, immediate medical attention is needed. A stroke happens when an individual has either a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain (called an ischemic stroke) or a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). An individual can also experience a mini stroke, referred to as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which results in a temporary clot. Due to the complexity of the brain, body functions can be affected by a stroke because the brain might not be able to maintain blood flow to certain areas of the body. Lack of blood flow can disrupt body functions, affect vital organs, and potentially result in disability.


If you or a loved one experiences a stroke, our team of doctors, nurses, and other professionals at Rockdale Medical Center will take immediate action to save your life. After you receive treatment and your condition stabilizes, your next step toward recovery often involves cardiovascular rehabilitation and fitness. Our cardiovascular rehabilitation and fitness professionals will devise a program to help minimize long-term disabilities and help stroke victims learn to cope better. Our focus is on developing a plan that helps you to recover and live a healthier life.

Understand Your Risks

The good news is that the American Stroke Association estimates 80% of all strokes are preventable. Prevention starts with managing the risk factors and living a heart healthy lifestyle. According to the American Stroke Society, you can reduce your risks when you:


  • Reduce/control high blood pressure.

  • Reduce your high blood cholesterol by eating less saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol foods, and improving your intake of HDL (good) cholesterol.

  • Stop smoking.

  • Reduce your stress.

  • Minimize drug and alcohol use.

  • Improve your diet by eating less sodium.

  • Better manage your weight by eating less calories.

  • Create a more active lifestyle.

The risk of stroke for someone who has already had one is many times greater compared to a person who has not. People with high blood pressure, diabetes, carotid or other artery disease, peripheral artery disease, atrial fibrillation, and other heart disease are also at high risk of stroke. In addition, people with sickle cell anemia, which mainly affects African-American and Hispanic children, are at high risk. By living a healthier lifestyle that reduces your risks from these diseases, you could also help to reduce your risk of stroke.


Act F.A.S.T.

“Time is BRAIN

FACE:  Look for an uneven smile

ARM:  Check if one arm is weak

SPEECH:  Listen for slurred speech

TIME:  Call 911 right away

Talk to your doctor today about your risk for stroke. If you do not have a primary care physician, call 1-800-424-DOCS(3627) and we will help you locate a physician in your area.