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Stroke Treatment

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

Time = Brain

A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to your brain. To keep as much brain function as possible, you need the best treatment FAST.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

That’s why you want the expert care you’ll find at OU Health’s 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, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

When your doctor refers you or you choose 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.

Types of Stroke

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

  • Hemorrhagic stroke – Happens when a blood vessel in your brain bursts and spills blood into nearby tissues or fluid spaces, building pressure that causes even more irritation and damage
  • Ischemic stroke – Results from blockage of a major blood vessel in the brain caused by a blood clot; most common type of stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA) – Caused by temporary blockage; also called a mini stroke

Your age, family history, type and severity of stroke determine the treatment you receive.

Fast Stroke Response Exceeds National Standards

Stroke treatment at OU Health starts your care fast—an average of just 31 minutes from the time you arrive at the hospital—which greatly surpasses the American Stroke Association’s national standard of 60 minutes and significantly improves your chances of survival and a better recovery.

Advanced Stroke Treatment & Services Close to Home

When you check in at OU Health’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, you benefit from all the healthcare expertise and advanced resources of our dedicated stroke unit and our neurosciences intensive care unit. Research shows these settings and the specially trained medical professionals enhance your outcomes after stroke while decreasing complications and length of 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 return home.

Stroke Treatments, Clinical Trials & Research

You also benefit from our academic partnerships and consistent participation in regional and national research projects exploring new medications, devices and technologies, including Oklahoma’s only source for StrokeNet clinical trials. That means your OU Health care team can select the most advanced techniques and procedures, or any combination, for your stroke treatment—most you’ll find nowhere else in Oklahoma—such as:

  • 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
  • Gamma Knife® radiosurgery – Targeted radiation therapy
  • Intravenous tPA—clot-dissolving medication—and endovascular thrombectomy (clot-removing procedure) for ischemic stroke
  • Moyamoya treatment – Innovative techniques for this rare condition that narrows blood vessels to the brain, restricting blood flow and increasing 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

Around-the-clock access to the latest imaging technology at OU Health, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), 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 better outcomes for you.

Dedicated Neuroscience Experts on Your Care Team

At OU Health’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, you’re in good hands. The board-certified and fellowship-trained vascular neurologists, vascular neurosurgeons, neurocritical care specialists, cardiologists, vascular surgeons and neuroradiologists on your multidisciplinary care team—some of the nation’s most experienced neuroscience physicians—collaborate to treat the most complex instances of stroke in people of all ages.

Specially Trained for Complex Situations

That means 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

Your OU Health 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.

Recognize Stroke Signs & Symptoms

When a stroke blocks oxygen and nutrients in the blood, brain cells quickly start to die. Fast response to stroke symptoms leads to the best results.

The BEFAST acronym identifies signs of stroke—meaning you need 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 numbness or weakness
  • Speech – Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Time – Time to get help immediately

University of Oklahoma Medical Center 2020 Stroke Outcomes: By the Numbers:

  • Total Strokes: 514
  • Complex (admitted to ICU): 326
  • Ischemic: 325
  • Hemorrhagic: 182
  • Subarachnoid: 43
  • Intracerebral hemorrhagic: 139
  • Endovascular procedures(including diagnostics): 799
  • Surgeries (stroke related): 105
  • Interventions: 112
  • Total patients received tpa: 43
  • Door to needle average July 19 to June 20: 43 minutes
  • Door to needle median July 19 to June 20: 34 minutes
  • % of TPA given in 45 minutes or less: 63%
  • % of TPA given in 30 minutes or less: 42%
  • CEA mortality: 0%
  • CAS morality: 0%
  • Aneurysm clipping mortality: 0%
  • Aneurysm coiling mortality: 0%
  • Endovascular periprocedure stroke and death rate: 0%
Ask the Stroke Experts at OU Health

Find out more about stroke care, treatment and prevention at OU Health’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. Call (405) 271-3635 today.

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