Stroke Program

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in Kentucky. Getting treatment as soon as a stroke occurs can make a huge difference in survival and recovery.

At UK HealthCare, we offer the most advanced treatments, prevention, research, and rehabilitation for stroke patients. Our experienced experts use leading-edge technology and clot-busting drugs to provide personal care for each patient. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to treat patients with even the most complicated strokes.


Call 911 immediately if you or someone around you may be having a stroke.

When a stroke occurs, time lost is brain lost. The UK Stroke Center is recognized as the leading center for the management of stroke, specializing in the treatment of all strokes from simple to complex. By combining nationally recognized stroke doctors and specially trained nurses and therapists with advanced medical technology, we provide our patients truly committed care that is second to none.

Schedule a stroke screening for your community event!

The UK Stroke Program screens hundreds of individuals each year. If you are planning a community event and would like to offer a stroke risk screening, please complete the request form below.

Click HERE to fill out a request form.

General Information:

Our stroke program is a key part of the Kentucky Neurosciences Institute. There is a dedicated, Joint Commission certified inpatient stroke unit at the Chandler Medical Center. Our stroke service is staffed full-time by our talented vascular neurologists. Leading-edge treatments for ischemic stroke that we can offer include intravenous thrombolysis, intra-arterial thrombolysis, and the endovascular Merci® Retrieval System. We also offer clinical trials for eligible stroke patients.

The Cerebrovascular Disorder Clinic is part of the comprehensive stroke program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. The clinic evaluates patients with stroke or transient ischemic attack and those with a history of stroke risk factors. Several state-of-the-art clinical trials for secondary stroke prevention are available for our patients.

UK HealthCare's Kentucky Comprehensive Stroke Program has received the "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achivement Award" for maintaining specific quality measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. Learn more about the Stroke Gold Plus Award »

Our Stroke Program Includes:

  • Dedicated Stroke Neurologists 
  • Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neuroradiologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Specially trained Nursing and Nursing Care Technicians
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Neurology Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacists
  • Dieticians
  • Social Workers
  • Physical and Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-language Pathologists
  • A Stroke Program Coordinator
  • Patient Care Manager and Facilitator
  • An expanding Affiliate Network

Leading-edge Care:

Stroke patients at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute have access not only to the region's top doctors, but also to the most advanced medical technology. Kentucky Neuroscience Institute was the first health care center in the region to offer the Merci® Retrieval System, a leading-edge tool for removing potentially lethal blood clots in the brain. 

Additional Information:

For additional information regarding stroke, please visit the Stroke Association website.

Stroke Program Facilities:

The UK Stroke Center offers a dedicated 20-bed stroke unit in Pavilion A of UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. At nearly 300 square feet, every private room has zones for the patient, caregiver and family. Room around the patient's bed accomodates equipment, including a computer for in-room charting so caregivers can spend more time at the bedside, working together as a team.