Stroke Care

A stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When a stroke occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to function. Strokes can cause a loss of the ability to speak, memory problems or paralysis on one side of the body. Getting the right care at the right time can help reduce the risk of complications and the chance of enduring another stroke.

What You Need to Know

  • The graph shows how Sentara hospitals perform overall for some of the standards of stroke care that hospitals should follow, for adults who have had a stroke.   
  • Higher percentages are better.
  • Compare to U.S. Average or Top 10 percent in U.S.
  • Small differences in numbers or percentages may not be significant due to differences in total patient volumes between hospitals.

The quality measures are part of a national initiative by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and other organizations. To see these measures for other hospitals, visit

 * Comparison Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.