Of the 795,000 Americans who have a stroke each year, as many as one in four individuals will have a second stroke within a year.
Even those who have had a seemingly minor cerebrovascular event or TIA (transient ischemic attack, commonly referred to as mini-stroke) with no lasting damage are at significant risk. Studies show that up to one-third of all people who experience a TIA will go on to have a major stroke.
The Secondary Stroke & TIA Prevention Clinic – established in conjunction with Sarasota Memorial’s Comprehensive Stroke Center – works with patients’ primary care physicians, neurologists and other specialists, including pharmacists, clinical dietitians and rehabilitation therapists, to address the individual risks and complications associated with a stroke or TIA.
Call 911 immediately if you suddenly experience any of these on one side of your face or body:
- F for facial numbness or weakness
- A for arm numbness or weakness
- S for slurred speech/scrambled thoughts
- T for time; call 911 - "Time is Brain"
Staffed by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) under the supervision of a Board-Certified Vascular Neurologist, the outpatient clinic provides a comprehensive, streamlined work-up and early intervention to help prevent a second attack in the critical 48-72 hours following a stroke or TIA.
Among other treatments, the clinic team will develop a personalized plan to help patients manage medical conditions that put them at higher risk of stroke, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and atrial fibrillation. The team also will coordinate and provide resources, therapies and support to help make lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, reducing stress, increasing physical activity and following a low fat, low sodium diet, to further reduce their stroke risk.
If you or a loved one experience common stroke symptoms such as sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body, sudden confusion or trouble understanding, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or sudden severe headache with no known cause... Call 911 immediately.
Secondary Stroke & TIA Prevention Clinic
Medical Director: Mauricio Concha, MD, MHS
Vascular Neurologist, Board Certified in Neurology & Vascular Neurology
Clinic coordinator: Jill Garrett, MSN, ARNP-C
Location: Sarasota Memorial Heart & Vascular Services
1540 S. Tamiami Trail, 2nd Floor, Sarasota, FL 34239
Telephone: (941) 917-3890 Fax: (941) 917-4595
Hours: Monday-Friday by appointment.
Information or Referrals
A physician referral is required. Please call (941) 917-3890 for information.