Stroke Care


If you have a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Stroke is a Medical Emergency

If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time when symptoms first appeared. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member.

Designated MemorialCare Stroke Receiving Centers

MemorialCare Stroke Center at Saddleback Memorial

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the number one cause of disabilities. It can strike at any time, but after the age of 55, the risk of having a stroke more than doubles.

Stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain becomes blocked or bursts. When this happens, brain cells begin to die. Without prompt diagnosis and treatment, permanent damage – and a corresponding loss of function – can occur. Every minute counts. 

Saddleback Memorial in partnership with UCI Irvine Health provides a team of world-class neurointerventional surgeons available 24/7 to provide advanced treatment to stroke patients. Our team uses the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques using state-of-the-art technology.

Stroke patients have received exceptional care at Saddleback Memorial since the hospital was first designated as a stroke receiving center in 2009. In August 2013, the Joint Commission certified Saddleback Memorial as an advanced primary stroke center, in recognition of Saddleback Memorial’s expanded capabilities and commitment to provide an extraordinary stroke program.