Ohio State’s Comprehensive Neurovascular Stroke Center is skilled at treating the most complex strokes and cerebrovascular diseases.
A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to your brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. There are two kinds of stroke. The more common kind, called ischemic stroke, is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. The other kind, called hemorrhagic stroke, is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and bleeds into the brain. "Mini-strokes," or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), occur when the blood supply to the brain is briefly interrupted.
Symptoms of stroke are:
- 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
If you have any of these symptoms, you must get to a hospital quickly to begin treatment. Acute stroke therapies try to stop a stroke while it is happening by quickly dissolving the blood clot or by stopping the bleeding. Post-stroke rehabilitation helps individuals overcome disabilities that result from stroke damage. Drug therapy with blood thinners is the most common treatment for stroke.
Source: NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Why choose Ohio State for treatment of stroke?
Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification: At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Comprehensive Neurovascular Stroke Center, we are skilled at treating the most complex strokes and cerebrovascular disease. We are one of only three Ohio hospitals that have achieved the elite status of Comprehensive Stroke Center from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and one of the first 26 stroke centers across the United States to have received this recognition.
Continuum of Care: From the moment you enter our emergency department, you will be cared for by people specially trained in stroke care. Our stroke neurologists oversee your care from diagnosis through treatment in a dedicated stroke unit or in our Neuro Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU). As your treatment progresses, we provide follow-up care with stroke rehabilitation and at our outpatient stroke clinic.
Other members of our multidisciplinary stroke team include:
- Board-certified vascular neurologists and vascular neurosurgeons
- Certified stroke rehab physicians
- Nurse practitioners who specialize in stroke care
- Neuro ICU nurses
- Stroke care nurses
- Stroke rehab therapists
Neuro Intensive Care: Our five fellowship-trained, board-certified stroke neurologists are certified in critical care, meaning we provide unparalleled stroke management for the most severe complications of stroke.
Stroke Rehabilitation: We offer specialized services such as an Assistive Technology Center, Community Re-entry Program and Rehabilitation Driving Program to allow you to resume your life. We are unique in Ohio for developing gaming as a strategy for stroke rehab and recovery from paralysis. We continue to investigate ways for video games, machines and apps to help the brain adapt and recover.
Telestroke Network: Ohio State is the hub for the Telestroke Network, which delivers Ohio State’s critical stroke expertise into 27 hospitals in rural areas of Ohio. If you were taken to one of those emergency departments with stroke symptoms, experts would be mobilized both there and at Ohio State through a “stroke alert.” Through video technology that directly links our stroke specialist to the community hospital, we interview you, view your test results and vital signs and prescribe intravenous clot-buster medications to be given to you within minutes. Then our doctors work together with your hospital to determine what is the next best step for your treatment. Ohio State’s stroke team physicians are available around the clock for this service.
Physicians Trained for Both Surgery and Radiology: We have physicians trained in both radiology and neurosurgery who work in a uniquely designed operating room equipped with X-ray capabilities. By viewing X-rays and providing surgical care in the same room, our physicians save time in moving you from doctor to doctor or room to room.
Research: Ohio State is the only central Ohio hospital participating in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) network, which is developing ways to improve emergency care for severe injuries and illnesses of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. Ohio State also is part of the NIH StrokeNet, an elite network of 25 regional stroke centers that develop and conduct high-quality, multisite clinical trials focused on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery.