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The UCSF Stroke Clinic provides expert consultations and outpatient care to patients who are at risk of a stroke or have had a stroke due to conditions involving the vessels that supply blood to the brain. These conditions include carotid artery disease, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and other abnormalities of the brain's blood vessels.

Using advanced imaging technologies and drawing on the expertise of doctors from multiple specialties, our clinic provides evaluations, diagnoses, second opinions, hospitalization follow-up care, and treatment recommendations, which can range from lifestyle changes to endovascular procedures for unblocking arteries and repairing aneurysms. Our experience with a range of therapies – including traditional surgery, minimally invasive procedures, radiotherapy and medications – allows us to effectively manage even the most complex cases. We work closely with vascular surgeons, neurointerventional radiologists and other specialists to tailor treatment plans to each patient's condition.

UCSF is renowned for providing outstanding care for neurovascular disease (conditions in which a blood vessel problem affects the brain). We are part of the Comprehensive Stroke Center, which has been named a center of excellence by two organizations that advocate for patients with these disorders, the Angioma Alliance and Cure HHT. We are also part of NIH StrokeNet, the National Institutes of Health's network of 25 regional centers recognized as leaders in comprehensive care and research on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery.

Our commitment to research means our patients may have access to experimental therapies by joining a clinical trial. Patients who have had strokes, for example, may be eligible to join the UCSF Stroke Recovery Initiative, a research program focused on improving the healing process.

Learn more about clinical trials and how they work.

Awards & recognition

  • Among the top hospitals in the nation

  • Best in the West and No. 3 in the nation for neurology & neurosurgery

  • Rated high-performing hospital for stroke

  • Certified comprehensive stroke center

  • Recognized for quality achievement in patient care

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    Patient stories

    After a-fib and a stroke, he's back on his bike

    Gary had a history of atrial fibrillation – and then a life-threatening stroke. Thanks to an embolectomy and UCSF's comprehensive care, he enjoyed a full recovery.

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    Validation of Early Prognostic Data for Recovery Outcome After Stroke for Future, Higher Yield ...

    UE-FM score, as a continuous scale, adjusted for baseline score in analysis


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    Sleep for Stroke Management and Recovery Trial

    The primary outcome is a time-to-event outcome defined as a participant having at least one of the following events within 6-months from randomization: new ischemic stroke, acute coronary syndrome or all-cause mortality


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    Stroke Recovery Initiative - Registry for Stroke Research Studies

    Total Number of Participants in the Registry


    Support services

    Patient Resource

    Case Management & Social Work

    Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.


    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week class teaches mindfulness practices that can reduce stress and improve your overall health, such as meditation and body awareness.

    Support Group

    Neurology Support Groups

    Find support for caregivers, families and patients dealing with aneurysm and AVM disorders, Parkinson's, MS and other neurological disorders.

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    Patient Relations

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    Patient Resource

    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers.

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    International Services

    If you live outside the United States and are coming to UCSF for medical treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Interpreting Services

    UCSF offers interpreters in various languages, including American Sign Language (ASL), as well as services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and visually impaired patients.

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    Hospital Stays

    Make your hospital stay as smooth and comfortable as possible by finding out how to prepare and what to expect.

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    Your Doctor Visit

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    Related clinics

    Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery Clinic

    See our two Bay Area locations and learn more about the clinic.

    HHT Center of Excellence

    185 Berry St., Suite 180, Lobby 6
    San Francisco, CA 94107

    Neurointerventional Radiology

    505 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor, Room L-349
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Neurorecovery Clinic

    Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building

    1651 Fourth St., Suite 232
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic

    See both of our San Francisco locations.

    Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Clinic

    400 Parnassus Ave., Suite 501
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Department of Neurology Research

      The UCSF Department of Neurology conducts research to improve understanding of neurological disorders, with the goals of finding better treatments and methods of prevention.

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