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Stroke Program

Stroke Screenings & Services


Prevention is key when it comes to vascular health. Because vascular diseases often show no symptoms and can go undetected for years, proactive screenings can make a life-saving difference. Getting screened today increases the chance of identifying vascular disease early and reduces the need for invasive surgery.

Screenings are non-invasive and painless. Using ultrasound technology, the screening examines: the carotid arteries of the neck, the abdomen (aorta) and the lower extremities to check for peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

  • Carotid artery screening looks for a buildup of plaque, the most common cause of strokes.
  • Abdominal screening examines the aorta for any signs of weakening or bulging that could signify an aneurysm.
  • PAD screening evaluates the lower extremities for plaque buildup that could lead to pain or limb loss.


When a patient experiences a stroke, the HCM Stroke Program provides:

  • Medical therapies for stroke treatment and stroke prevention like “clot buster” medication or anti-platelet drugs
  • Swift triage, diagnosis and treatment within the Emergency Department

After a stroke and during recovery, HCM provides:

  • Rehabilitation services such as inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy
  • Support services like pastoral care and social services
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Health and stroke screenings