A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood or oxygen it needs, so it starts to die.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, behind diseases of the heart and cancer.

Our Approach to Stroke Care 

CAMC is the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Charleston. 

When a patient comes to CAMC for stroke treatment, our stroke team: 

  • Is notified by EMS crews if a potential stroke patient is on the way 
  • Evaluates patients within 10 minutes of arrival 
  • Identifies treatment options and gets them under way as soon as possible upon arrival

What Sets Us Apart

DNV Certificate Comprehensive Stroke

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

CAMC is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare, demonstrating a commitment to excellence.

Common Stroke Symptoms 

If you notice any of these stroke symptoms or you recognize them in someone else, it is important to call 911 as quickly as possible:  

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body 
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding 
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes 
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination 
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause 

If you or a loved one is suffering from a stroke, it is important to seek treatment as quickly as possible, because every second counts. The magic number is three — stroke patients who are treated within three hours of the start of their symptoms are more likely to recover with little or no disability. If given within three hours of the start of stroke symptoms, a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) may reduce long-term disability.