Stroke Unit

CMC Stroke Unit offers the latest, most advanced treatment in a highly specialized environment. Our multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to stroke care ensures that patients receive the right intervention at the right time, and all care is delivered by experienced experts in a compassionate and personalized setting. The CMC Emergency Department & Stroke Unit staff are trained to recognize the signs of stroke and to implement. There is a neurologist on-call from 24/7 to guide treatment of stroke patients. If a person is identified as a stroke patient, a Computed Tomography (CT) Scan or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is performed to determine the type of stroke and, subsequently, the best course of treatment.

The unit provides better care to stroke patients manned by a specially trained stroke response team who work closely with our emergency service providers. Together, they quickly and appropriately identify and treat strokes. The designated team immediately assesses the patient's:

  • Symptoms
  • Time of onset of the symptoms
  • Possible contributing risk factors

Symptoms

Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing brain tissue damage and loss. Stroke symptoms usually happen suddenly and can include:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg-especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

Stroke Unit

Onset

Often, clot-busting drugs can dissolve blood clots and successfully restore blood flow to the brain. When additional intervention is required, CMC’s top team of neurologists, surgeons, and cardiologists utilize the latest minimally invasive techniques and procedures to restore and improve blood flow. If a blockage in the carotid artery is detected, CMC Catheterization Laboratory offers invasive stenting procedure to clear the blockage and reduce risk of stroke.

If the time of onset is less than four and one-half hours, the patient might be eligible for a clot-buster drug called TPA (tissue plasminogen activator). This drug will dissolve the existing clot and restore blood flow to the affected area of the brain. The patient must meet certain criteria to receive this drug, including:

  • No history of trauma or surgery within the last three months
  • PT/INR blood levels (coagulation studies) must be within defined parameters to reduce the risk of bleeding
  • The benefits must outweigh the risks
  • No history of brain tumor, aneurysms or recent stroke
  • Blood sugar level between 60 and 400mg/dl
  • Age greater than 18
  • Patient and family consent

Peri-and-Post Stroke Care

The CMC Stroke Unit, also provides outstanding care for patients during and after a stroke. Our diagnostic tests help us determine the exact cause of the stroke. If we know what kind of stroke a patient has experienced, we can help prevent another stroke. We also provide education to patients and families regarding:

  • Risk factors
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Signs and symptoms of a stroke
  • When to getting to the hospital