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Stroke Care

At OU Health, you receive the highest level of stroke treatment available in Oklahoma and the surrounding five-state region from board-certified and fellowship-trained neurologists and neurosurgeons. You’ll get the best information available about your specific type of stroke, including options for treatment and recovery, as well as how to prevent another occurrence.

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    OU Health Comprehensive Stroke Center

    Get expert care at the OU Health Comprehensive Stroke Center at University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City, the first hospital in Oklahoma to achieve certification for excellence in stroke care from The Joint Commission, a nationally recognized accrediting agency. In 2020, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognized the OU Health Stroke Center with the Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Award. That means you benefit from care that follows the most stringent national standards, supported by the most up-to-date and evidence-based practices.

    If you or a loved one experience signs of a stroke, call 9-1-1 now.

    BE FAST Time = Brain

    A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to your brain and damages surrounding cells. Every second counts. Recognize the signs of stroke—and get care now.

    • Balance – Sudden dizziness or loss of balance
    • Eyes – Sudden loss or changes in vision in one or both eyes
    • Face – Facial droop, uneven smile
    • Arm – Arm or leg numbness or weakness
    • Speech – Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
    • Time – Time to get help immediately — call 9-1-1 — and note the time when the person last seemed normal

    Types of Stroke

    You or a loved one may experience one of three types of stroke:

    • Ischemic stroke – Results from blockage of a major blood vessel to the brain, usually caused by a blood clot; most common type of stroke
    • Hemorrhagic stroke – Occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures or leaks and spills blood into nearby tissues or fluid spaces
    • Transient ischemic attack (TIA) – Caused by temporary blockage; also called a mini stroke or warning stroke and should be taken seriously

    Your age, family history, type and severity of stroke factor into determining the treatment you receive.

    Advanced Stroke Care Close to Home

    While at the OU Health Comprehensive Stroke Center, you benefit from the healthcare expertise and advanced resources of both our dedicated stroke unit and our neurosciences intensive care unit to help achieve optimal outcomes. Research shows these settings and the specially trained medical professionals who care for you enhance your outcomes after stroke while decreasing complications and length of your hospital stay.

    Individualized Treatment Plans

    You and your OU Health neurosciences team work together to ensure you receive the most appropriate care so you can return to as much function as possible for your particular condition. You and your care team also create an individualized plan with activities ranging from lifestyle changes to sophisticated testing and treatment based on the latest scientific information to help decrease your risk and prevent future strokes. If needed, your OU Health team continues to work with you and your family after you leave the hospital.

    Stroke Treatments

    Around-the-clock access to the latest imaging technology at OU Health, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CT perfusion, SPECT/CT scanning and PET/CT hybrid imaging, means you receive fast and accurate diagnosis of your specific condition, which leads to faster treatment and the potential for better outcomes.

    • Brain aneurysm treatment – Endovascular (minimally invasive) and open techniques, including STA-MCA bypass and high-flow bypass at Oklahoma’s only location for complex open reconstruction of aneurysm
    • Carotid endarterectomy and endovascular carotid stenting
    • Embolization of tumors before surgery to improve resection
    • Endovascular thrombectomy – Clot-removing procedure for ischemic stroke
    • Gamma Knife® radiosurgery – Targeted radiation therapy
    • Intravenous tPA – Clot-dissolving medication for ischemic stroke
    • Moyamoya treatment – Innovative techniques for this rare condition that narrows blood vessels to the brain, which restricts blood flow and increases stroke risk
    • Specialized blood-clotting tests – Comprehensive evaluations to determine unusual causes of stroke that don’t show up on routine tests—along with extensive expertise to interpret specialized tests and properly treat underlying disorders
    • Vascular malformation treatment – Minimally invasive and open procedures

    Stroke Clinical Trials & Research

    When you're part of OU Health stroke care, you also benefit from our academic partnerships and consistent participation in regional and national research projects, including Oklahoma’s only source for StrokeNet clinical trials, to explore new medications, devices and technologies. That means your OU Health care team can select the most advanced techniques and procedures, or any combination—some found nowhere else in Oklahoma, for your stroke treatment.

    Your Expert Neuroscience Care Team

    At the OU Health Comprehensive Stroke Center, you'll work with some of the nation's most experienced neuroscience physicians. These board-certified and fellowship-trained vascular neurologists, vascular neurosurgeons, neurocritical care specialists, cardiologists, vascular surgeons and neuroradiologists collaborate as a multidisciplinary care team to treat the most complex instances of stroke in people of all ages.

    Specially Trained for Complex Situations

    During your stay, you receive care from the only dual-trained neurosurgeons in the region with expertise in cerebrovascular conditions who regularly treat more complex situations than any other physicians in the area.

    Multidisciplinary Team Delivers Comprehensive Care

    In addition to the team of physicians, your OU Health multidisciplinary stroke care team also includes neuroscience nurses with advanced training in stroke care and experts in stroke treatment, complications and recovery, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and therapists, and rehabilitation therapists.

    University of Oklahoma Medical Center 2020 Stroke Outcomes by the Numbers

    As the fifth highest cause of death in Oklahoma and the United States and the leading cause of disability stroke affects about 800,000 people in the United States each year. At OU Health, stroke treatment results meet or exceed national standards.

    • Total Strokes: 514
    • Complex (admitted to ICU): 326
    • Ischemic: 325
    • Hemorrhagic: 182
    • Subarachnoid: 43
    • Intracerebral hemorrhagic: 139
    • Endovascular procedures/diagnostics: 799
    • Surgeries (stroke related): 105
    • Interventions: 112
    • Total patients received tPA: 43
    • CEA mortality: 0%
    • CAS morality: 0%
    • Aneurysm clipping mortality: 0%
    • Aneurysm coiling mortality: 0%
    • Endovascular periprocedure stroke and death rate: 0%
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