Stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, is a general name for a variety of disorders that occur within seconds or minutes when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Approximately 700,000 Americans suffer strokes every year. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 137,000 people each year.


Anyone can have a stroke no matter what age, race or gender. There are some risk factors that you can control by selecting a healthy lifestyle. However, even that is not a guarantee. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of stroke and react immediately to get help.

Additional Information about the Stroke CenterComprehensive Stroke Center - UT Medical Center Knoxville Tennessee

In an effort to reduce the long-term negative impact of stroke on our community, the Brain and Spine Institute has organized services into a seamless Comprehensive Stroke Center. The quality care provided is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at UT Medical Center has the critical elements to achieve long-term success and improve outcomes for patients. The stroke team is made up of physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, rehabilitation professionals, therapists, pharmacists and home care specialists. The quality care provided is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients. View our quality indicators!