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Stroke Center

Every 45 seconds, someone in the
United States has a stroke.

Strokes require fast diagnosis and treatment.

Cookeville Regional Medical Center offers rapid diagnosis and treatment at our emergency department, and educational and support groups.

As a Primary Stroke Center through the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Cookeville Regional’s team has demonstrated the highest commitment of care for stroke patients and has met the highest national standards for safety and quality of care.

If you think you are having a stroke, don’t wait. Get treatment immediately. Recognizing the warning signs of stroke could save your life:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Seeking immediate medical care after the onset of any of these symptoms is vital to survival and the prevention of brain damage. Depending on the magnitude of the stroke and how quickly you receive treatment, the effects can range from minor weakness of a limb to paralysis on one side of the body or death.

If a person shows any stroke symptoms, even if symptoms go away, call 911 and get the person to the hospital immediately.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in this country and a leading  cause of long-term disability. Get help FAST.

Contact Us

Cookeville Regional Medical Center

1 Medical Center Blvd.
Cookeville, TN 38501

Reduce your risk of having a stroke

There are uncontrollable risk factors, such as:

  • Getting older
  • Gender (stroke is more common in females since they live longer than men)
  • Race (African Americans are at greater risk than Caucasians)
  • History of prior stroke
  • Hereditary

But there are also lifestyle changes, which you can make to reduce your chance for a stroke:

  • Exercise every day
  • Eat healthy
  • Quit smoking
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Treat diabetes
  • Reduce sodium
  • Visit your doctor regularly

Meet the Experts

Dalia Miller, MD

Dalia Miller, MD


Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Gustavo Silva, MD


Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Mark Tedford, MD


Cookeville Regional Medical Center


Stroke is not as random as one might think. According to Dr. Mark Tedford, neurohospitalist at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, nearly 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent life-changing strokes from happening. CRMC is a primary stroke center and can do everything to treat the great majority of strokes.

Stroke Support Group

Cookeville Regional Medical Center offers a stroke support group for patients who have had a stroke, and their families.

When: The third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.
Where: 215 W. 6th St., Inpatient Rehabilitation Center dining room
To learn more or to register, call (931) 783-2885

Different topics will be presented monthly.

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