Stroke Program

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If you think you may be having a stroke, call 911 immediately.

The Regional Medical Center's (RMC) Primary Stroke Program is a multidisciplinary program that is led by an internal medicine physician. The center cares for patients throughout the hospital, from the Emergency Department to the Stroke Unit, and incorporates state-of-the-art approaches to caring for those patients affected by stroke.

RMC’s Primary Stroke Program is affiliated with the MUSC Health Telestroke Program, providing urgent telestroke evaluations and treatment available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Plush girls standing together for a family picture.Stroke Survivor Tracy Plush

As Tracy Plush held her granddaughter one day, her daughter noticed something was wrong and knew she had to act fast. "If it weren’t for the fast actions of the RMC team and the doctor at MUSC, I would not be the person I am today … Nothing was left to chance,” said Plush, stroke survivor and busy working mother and grandmother. She was given the life-saving medicine tPA, and within minutes her stroke symptoms began to reverse. Plush was discharged home, symptom-free within days.

Stroke symptoms include the sudden onset of:

  • Facial droop; uneven smile
  • Arm or leg numbness or weakness
  • Slurred speech; difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Vision problems
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache

Act FAST! Every minute counts. To minimize damage to the brain, treatment must begin shortly after the onset of symptoms. If individuals experience stroke symptoms, they should call 911 and get to the hospital immediately.

The Joint Commission logoAccreditation & Achievements

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, awarded the Regional Medical Center (RMC) with Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

AHA Gold Plus logoRMC received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke survivors and their family caregivers need help adjusting to the changes in their lives. Stroke support groups challenge people to get beyond their limitations. Social interaction and simply feeling connected to others helps ease the depression and isolation so common after ‪stroke‬.

The RMC Primary Stroke Center offers a Stroke Support Group on the second Wednesday of each month (except holidays). No registration is required. For more information, click here or visit our community calendar.

Stroke Program Locations