At University Hospitals, our board-certified stroke specialists include vascular neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-critical care intensivists and interventional specialists, work together to combine their training and skill to handle the most complex neurovascular disorders.
Anyone who has experienced a suspected stroke or transient ischemic attack should call 9-1-1 to get to the emergency room for the right care, right away. Immediate care can make the difference in a successful recovery. At UH, our emergency team is trained to quickly recognize any suspected stroke symptoms, and this triggers a consult with our stroke specialists who will determine next steps.
There are a variety of symptoms that could indicate a possible stroke, including a sudden, severe, and uncharacteristic headache, slurred speech or difficulty talking or understanding, numbness or weakness, especially if it involves one side of the body, sudden trouble walking or standing or sudden blurred or lost vision involving one eye or seeing to one side.
A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures or leaks causing bleeding into or around the brain. There are two main kinds of hemorrhagic stroke.
Intracerebral hemorrhage: This occurs when a fragile brain artery ruptures causing bleeding into the brain tissue. This rupture is very sudden and can be severe causing brain damage and swelling. The most common causes are:
Subarachnoid hemorrhage: results from bleeding around the brain, often causing a severe, "worst of my life" headache. Although this type of stroke only causes 5 percent of all strokes, it is the most severe. The most common causes are:
Hemorrhagic types of strokes can be very serious and sometimes life-threatening. Now with advanced imaging techniques such as CT angiography or MR angiography, many of these conditions can be identified before they cause severe bleeding and can be treated and repaired to prevent a stroke.
If you or someone you love has symptoms of a hemorrhagic stroke or is found to have an AVM or an aneurysm that might cause a hemorrhagic stroke, it is important to seek treatment right away from a clinical specialist especially one that has the specialized training and experience in neurovascular specific disorders.
Using the latest imaging technology, our neurology team at University Hospitals will pinpoint your exact problem and determine the best treatment for your individual condition. Our specialists are available 24 hours a day, every day and respond within minutes to emergency situations. If surgery is necessary, our specialists will determine the best treatments available and discuss the options with you- whether traditional surgery or minimally invasive or endovascular techniques and arrange for rapid treatment to get the best outcomes.
Our post-operative unit teams are also highly-qualified to monitor patients recovering from neurovascular injuries. People who have had a stroke can be more susceptible to having another one or having a other medical problems, such as a heart attack or pneumonia. Depending on the severity of each condition, a patient may remain in our neurological intensive care unit, the neuro intermediate care unit or be seen in one of our post-operative areas. Either way, the stroke specialists can work as a team with specialists from medicine, surgery and anesthesia across University Hospitals system to help patients recover from their stroke or from surgery for improved health.
In addition to our emergency response efforts, our stroke specialists use a multidisciplinary approach to manage neurovascular conditions over time. Collaborative meetings happen every day, but every week, the team meets to discuss complex cases, review the individuals current state of health, treatment progress and next steps. By bringing multiple perspectives together with the expertise of an entire team, we provide the latest therapies and move you swiftly along the road to recovery.
The Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospitals Neurological Institute in Cleveland, Ohio has a legacy of innovation in advancing care protocols and overall excellence in outcomes.
Our entire neuroscience team at University Hospitals has a strong commitment to find better, faster and more effective ways to treat neurovascular conditions. With this dedication to research and discovery, our team participates in national and international clinical trials that offer the most cutting-edge and innovative treatments to our patients. These, along with other research efforts, keep us up-to-date on the newest therapies and prompt us to continuously re-envision how we address any neurological disorder.
With an experienced and skilled clinical team, collaborative treatment and sophisticated diagnostic technology, University Hospitals is equipped to handle all types and severity of neurovascular illness, especially the most complex. As a result, patients from near and far come to our facilities to receive care.
If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the symptoms associated with neurovascular disorders, our stroke specialist team can help. For more information, contact one of our team members at convenient locations across our system of care.
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