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Because stroke is a life-threatening condition, treatment must be initiated as quickly as possible. The sooner a patient is transported to an emergency room where treatment can begin, the better the odds for a positive outcome.

Treatment for stroke can include one or more of the following:

Designated Primary Stroke Centers

joint commission gold sealAll five Inova hospitals have earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of ApprovalĀ® for stroke care. This certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission recognizes facilities that make exceptional efforts to meet the unique needs of stroke patients and foster better outcomes for stroke care.


Rehabilitation is often part of the recovery process for stroke patients. Inova Rehabilitation Center at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital is regionally known for its rehabilitation program for patients recovering from stroke and other cerebrovascular conditions.

The Inova Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Program specializes in treatment for stroke and other vascular disease. For more information, call 703-776-4700.

Support groups

Inova offers several stroke support groups to help stroke survivors and their family members during and after the rehabilitation process. The support groups are free. Learn more about Inova's stroke support groups arrow