“Time lost is brain lost.”
Stroke Drill Video
Watch a video enactment of a stroke and what happens when a patient reaches our team.
That warning from the American Stroke Association says it all. Stroke can damage brain cells, so quick diagnosis and fast, expert treatments are the keys to survival and quality of life.
At the Diamond Stroke Center, we excel at rapid response to stroke with the latest therapies, including neurointervention with intra-arterial rT-PA, which extends the stroke treatment window from three to eight hours.
Blood clots cause strokes by blocking blood flow to the brain. We are highly experienced in administering thrombolytic, or clot-busting, treatment with rT-PA (recombinant tissue plasminogen activator), a drug that dissolves blood clots and limits brain damage.
Standard rT-PA intravenous treatment must be given within three hours of stroke symptom onset. Our specialists are highly skilled with an advanced intra-arterial method, allowing treatment to be given up to eight hours after symptoms appear.
Other Stroke Treatment
We treat stroke with neurovascular interventions such as carotid artery and intracranial stent placement, endovascular coil embolization, aneurysm clipping, mechanical clot removal and particle or glue embolization and we perform balloon test occlusion and diagnostic cerebral angiography.
Many treatments are performed in our specially equipped neurovascular laboratory.
Neurosurgical procedures include: removal of blockages in arteries or blood vessels; draining and stopping brain bleeds; reducing brain pressure. We also perform treatments to lower stroke risks from clogged arteries, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and other conditions.
Inpatient Stroke Unit
Stroke patients may spend time in Abington Memorial Hospital’s neurocritical care unit and continue recovery in the inpatient stroke unit, receiving care from our neurosciences physicians, specialty stroke nurses and other staff.
Patients are carefully monitored for signs of stroke recurrence. Treatment to prevent secondary stroke, such as anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy, may be begun. Patients also benefit from an inpatient stroke rehabilitation program and learn how to reduce stroke risks.
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