Brigham and Women's Hospital is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC), a designation granted to a select number of centers in the United States with the specific ability to treat the most complex stroke cases.
Each year, stroke impacts approximately 750,000 to 800,000 individuals in the United States, taking a tremendous toll on patients, their families, and society in general. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability. Many stroke survivors are left with significant speech, motor, and memory difficulties, but these can be minimized with early identification and treatment of stroke.
Stroke is a life-threatening emergency, and the greatest chance for recovery from stroke occurs when treatment is started immediately after the onset of symptoms. Newer stroke therapies offered at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, such as endovascular treatments or procedures, can rapidly reestablish blood flow, improving our ability to restore patients’ health.
Our stroke specialists treat a wide range of cerebrovascular diseases (disorders of the blood vessels of the head and neck), including:
Using highly-detailed information from our Stroke Center’s advanced diagnostic capabilities, our multidisciplinary team of specialists to deliver the optimal treatment combinations for each patient, including medical, interventional, and surgical therapies.
Medical treatment options at our Stroke Center include:
Our Center offers the following surgical treatments for stroke conditions and disorders:
The state-of-the-art neuroradiology suite at Brigham and Women’s Hospital includes several procedure rooms dedicated to neuro-interventional procedures. The suite’s novel, flat plate angiographic scanner minimizes radiation exposure and while providing high quality, three-dimensional images that guide interventionalists, enabling them to perform advanced stroke treatment procedures more easily and safely. These procedures include:
The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit offers 24/7 monitoring, full-time neurocritical care specialists, and innovative treatment options designed to improve outcomes for stroke patients. With 20 hospital beds, it is among the largest of its kind in the country.
The Neuroscience ICU includes:
As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Brigham and Women's meets extensive criteria and standards established by The Joint Commission and the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association, including:
Brigham and Women’s Hospital also offers additional services to improve outcomes for stroke patients, including:
View the Stroke Quality Measures that Brigham and Women's Hospital follows for adults who have had a stroke.
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