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Stroke Care


Patient receiving a CT scanWhen you or a loved one experiences a stroke, count on UNM Health for a timely diagnosis and advanced treatment that improves recovery. As the only Primary Stroke Center in the state, University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) is a regional referral center for comprehensive, advanced care. As the home of the state's most sophisticated Stroke & Cerebrovascular Outpatient Program, you will get timely and specialized care in our clinics.

Conditions Treated

We have expertise in a number of complex diseases and conditions including:

  • Transient ischemic attack & ischemic stroke

  • Intracranial hemorrhage & hemorrhagic stroke

  • Arteriovenous malformations 

  • Dedicated cerebral cavernous calformation (CCM) clinic

  • Moyamoya disease

  • Fibromuscular dysplasia

  • Arterial dissections

  • Neurovascular genetics

  • Pediatric stroke

  • Amyloid angiopathy

  • Carotid stenosis and other carotid pathology

  • Cerebrovascular insufficiency

  • Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis

  • Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome

  • Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome

  • Post-stroke seizure and epilepsy

Our specialized stroke and cerebrovascular clinic focuses on:

  • Post-stroke spasticity clinics with medical management and/or Botox procedures

  • CCM clinic

  • Central nervous system vasculitis

  • Stroke risk assessment clinic (special pre-authorization required)

Certified Stroke Care

Trust UNMH for individualized, evidence-based care that helps you achieve the best possible outcome after any type of stroke. Our national recognitions include:

  • Advanced Primary Care Stroke Center certification by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care accreditation agency
  • Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award (2015) by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for consistently and safely providing the right treatment at the right time

Stroke Recovery

After a stroke, take advantage of UNM Health’s stroke rehabilitation services. Your treatment will likely begin before you leave the hospital and may continue at another facility, depending on your needs. Therapy helps you regain as much function as possible after stroke.

Recovery may include making lifestyle changes and managing your risk factors to help prevent future strokes.

Stroke and Cerebrovascular Care Team

UNM Health’s neuroscience and stroke specialists work together to provide comprehensive care. You’ll appreciate a team that makes sure you and your family understand your diagnosis, are comfortable with your care plan and have the support you need going forward. 

We collaborate with neurosurgeons and endovascular neurosurgical radiologists to comprehensively manage patients from throughout New Mexico and the adjoining Southwest that present the following disease and conditions:

  • Intracranial and extracranial aneurysms
  • Carotid and vertebral pseudo-aneurysms
  • Dural arteriovenous fistula
  • Symptomatic arteriovenous malformation
  • Neurosurgical management of Moyamoya disease
  • Vascular malformations and cerebral hemangioma

Statewide Stroke Telemedicine

At hospitals across New Mexico, you benefit from your providers’ access to UNM Health’s neurologists via telemedicine – audio and visual technology that lets our experts assist in caring for you even when you’re offsite. 

Stroke Support Group

Connect with other stroke survivors and their families to learn more about stroke, share your experiences and become inspired to move forward.
Where: UNM HospitalFifth Floor [PDF]
Neurology SAC Unit Conference Room
When: First and third Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Contact: Terry Holmes, 505-272-6105

Printable Stroke Booklets

Hemorrhagic stroke
English [PDF]
Spanish [PDF]
Vietnamese [PDF]

Ischemic stroke
English [PDF]
Spanish [PDF]
Vietnamese [PDF]

Contact Us

In order to schedule an appointment with us, please ask your general neurologist or primary care physician for a referral. They can reach us at 505-272-3160.

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