Did you know up to 2 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke?
Did you know Mission Hospital has a stroke team dedicated to provide exceptional
care within minutes?
The comprehensive stroke program at the Mission Neuroscience Institute
(MNI) features a dedicated team of care providers and physicians to quickly
diagnosis and determine immediate emergent care if warranted. Once a stroke
patient is recognized, the team is mobilized as soon as the patient enters
the doors of the emergency department. This is called a “code stroke.”
Not all patients meet criteria for this code activation, but stroke care
goes beyond the immediate and entail numerous treatment strategies during
the hospitalization and even after discharge.
Would you like to learn more about our stroke care? Call us today at (877) 459-3627.
There are two types of stroke. The most common are coined ischemic, which
indicates a blood vessel of the brain was blocked. The necessary blood
and oxygen is lost and brain cells began to die. A hemorrhagic stroke
occurs when fresh blood leaks into the tissue of the brain. This may due
to a ruptured aneurysm, disturbances related to blood pressure or other
Acute emergent stroke care can be offered to a patient who develops stroke
symptoms and presents to the emergency department within a defined time
“window” of care, typically within three hours of onset. Following
immediate imaging of the brain and its blood vessels, treatment with a
medicine called t-PA can be given. There is certain criteria needed to
determine if this treatment can be provided. The medicine t-PA is similar
to the body’s own natural t-PA. This protein breaks down blood clots,
helping to restore flow of blood that was blocked. If necessary, further
intervention using stent retrievers within the actual blood vessel by
an angiogram can improve outcome to clear a blocked vessel. Current standards
of care for large vessel occlusive strokes often utilize both t-PA and
angiographic retrieval. There are many sizes of stroke and not all patients
are able to receive these treatments, and timing is critical. So focusing
on the FAST awareness when a stroke occurs is a must. It is established
that the prognosis for recovery with these interventions are favorable.
Mission Hospital’s rapid response team for code stroke is ever on
the ready, with neurologists and neurointerventionalists on the ready.
Our success is defined by our patients. We strive to provide our patients
will exceptional care so they may return their family, home and loves
ones. Please click on the below video to hear from one of our own staff,
who was also a stroke patient.