• UMMC Comprehensive Stroke Center

    More than 750,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, making it the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death among adult Americans. Mississippi lies in the "Stroke Belt,” an area of the country with the highest death rate due to stroke, putting our citizens are at especially high risk. Many people do not know that stroke involves the brain, let alone understand risk factors, recognize the symptoms of stroke or appreciate stroke as an emergency warranting a 911 call.

    The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has a multidisciplinary stroke program and comprehensive clinical care center with state-of-the-art equipment that enable advanced, comprehensive management of stroke patients. More than 300 acute stroke patients are admitted to the UMMC Neurology service each year. In addition, several hundred patients with stroke and related conditions are seen annually in our outpatient clinics.

    As the only academic health science center in Mississippi, UMMC provides health care leadership in Mississippi. Stroke-specific needs for our state include patient access to specialized care, best-practice delivery of quality services, education of stroke providers and research on reducing disparities in stroke outcomes. The aims of our institution are to address these needs effectively, and our goal is to accomplish this through comprehensive stroke care.

    UMMC Comprehensive Stroke Center provides coordinated implementation of best-practice guidelines in managing those with cerebrovascular conditions.

    Educational efforts include creating fellowship training programs in vascular neurology, neurocritical care and endovascular surgical neuroradiology as well as providing continuing education programs for UMMC faculty and staff.

    In research, UMMC Comprehensive Stroke Center identifies collaborative research opportunities to advance clinical research in the cerebrovascular diseases with the goals of improving stroke outcomes and reducing health disparities for Mississippians.