Primary stroke center in Largo, Florida

Stroke is the nation's fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious disability. According to the American Stroke Association, every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke.

During those critical seconds, you want to know that you are receiving the highest caliber of treatment, which is both rapid and compassionate. Largo Medical Center's 14th Street SW campus has been nationally certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center for our fast and effective stroke treatment, which adheres to proven guidelines and standards, to ensure optimal outcomes.

If you think someone is experiencing a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Our emergency room is open 24/7 and offers:

  • Trained stroke team available around the clock
  • Rapid turnaround of radiology and lab procedures
  • Multidisciplinary Stroke Committee that reviews patient care and outcomes monthly

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when a part of the brain's blood supply is suddenly interrupted by a clot or when a blood vessel bursts. When blood flow is blocked, brain cells die because oxygen cannot get through.

Types of stroke we treat

At Largo Medical, our expert stroke specialists treat all stroke types and provide care for conditions which may arise because of stroke. The two most common types of stroke are ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.

Ischemic stroke (clots)—Occurs when the brain's blood flow is obstructed; accounts for majority of all strokes

Hemorrhagic stroke (bleeds)—Occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts; most commonly caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure

Other types of stroke include:

Transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke)—Occurs when there is a temporary blood clot obstructing blood flow to the brain; also known as a "warning stroke," which should be taken seriously

Cryptogenic stroke—Type of stroke with an undetermined cause

Be F.A.S.T. to recognize stroke symptoms

The quick recognition of stroke symptoms could help save a life. Remember to act F.A.S.T. when looking for signs of a stroke:

F = Face drooping

Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven or lopsided?

A = Arm weakness

Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = Speech

Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.

T = Time to call 911

If the person shows any of these symptoms—even if the symptoms go away—call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Signs and symptoms of a stroke

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

Stroke treatment

Our stroke care team is prepared to provide life-saving, emergency treatment as soon as you are in are care. When necessary, we quickly administer clot-dissolving medications, which are effective if taken within three hours from the start of your symptoms. In other cases, we begin interventional procedures as effective treatment to stop the stroke.

Our emergency team adheres to established standards when treating anyone identified as experiencing a stroke. Our commitment to these emergency standards often mean less damage and disability and an improved recovery following a stroke.

Certified Primary Stroke Center

Largo Medical Center's main campus at 14th Street SW has been designated a certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This certification means our program complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality care in the rapid response and treatment of acute stroke patients. We have also been certified by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association as a Primary Stroke Center.

Stroke rehabilitation

Measured and dedicated physical therapy and rehabilitation is essential to recovery after stroke. It can mean the difference between returning home or remaining in an institution.

Through our inpatient stroke rehabilitation program, our licensed physical therapists help you become as independent and productive as possible, following your stroke. This may mean re-learning old skills and recovering motor function through various physical therapy and stroke rehabilitation techniques and programs, including occupational and speech/swallowing therapies.