Stroke Treatment & Services

While each type of stroke may have its own characteristics, all strokes require swift, appropriate attention. Immediate treatment can minimize the long-term effects of stroke and even prevent death.

From a state-of-the-art Emergency Department to respected neurologists, nurses and support staff, St. Vincent’s stroke teams provide the kind of high-quality care that meets the need for timely and precise intervention.


Quick Treatment is Essential

Immediate treatment can minimize the long-term effects of stroke and even prevent death. From a state-of-the-art Emergency Department to respected neurologists, nurses and support staff, St. Vincent’s stroke teams provide the kind of high-quality care that meets the need for timely and precise intervention.


Stroke Treatment: Time is Brain

“Time is Brain” sums up the process of swift destruction that begins when a person suffers a stroke. The longer the time between occurrence of a stroke and medical intervention, the more brain cells are destroyed.

Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is the only currently approved FDA treatment drug for stroke available today, and is used to treat acute ischemic stroke. This is a clot dissolving drug that can diminish stroke symptoms. However, tPA MUST be given within a few hours of the onset of stroke symptoms.

Stroke is serious by its very nature, targeting cells in the body - and in particular, those in the brain - that cannot survive without blood flow to bring them nutrients and oxygen.

Since all of our physical systems and organs, from the nervous system to our heart and lungs, are dependent on brain function, damage to the brain produces far-reaching, potentially lethal effects.

American Stroke Association

Gold Performance Achievement Award Winner

St. Vincent’s was named Gold Performance Achievement Award winner by the American Stroke Association guidelines program, which uses key measures for 24 months to make its determination.


After Your Stroke

At St. Vincent’s, rehabilitation starts as soon as possible after a stroke and continues after you leave the hospital to go home or to a rehabilitation center on an outpatient basis. As a stroke survivor, you and your health care team will find workable solutions to the most difficult situations and relearn new skills to help you recover. This can include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and other support services to help you be as independent as possible.


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Stroke Center