Stroke Quality Measures

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability. Strokes are most commonly caused by a blood clot blocking a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain.

The treatment for ischemic stroke is clot removal. Doctors can accomplish this with medication given through an IV or removal of the clot through an endovascular procedure.

Treatment with Alteplase IV r-tPA

A clot busting medication called alteplase is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Doctors administer Alteplase through an IV in the arm, dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain being deprived. The sooner the medication is administered, the better the chance of a good outcome.

Treatment with IV Thrombolytic chart

Endovascular Treatment to Remove the Clot

An endovascular procedure or a mechanical thrombectomy is a recommended treatment to remove a clot in eligible patients with a large vessel occlusion in the brain. In this procedure, neurosurgeons use a device called a stent retriever. The stent opens and grabs the clot. Special suction tubes may also remove the clot. Research has shown that those physicians who perform a higher number of thrombectomies have better outcomes. The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Brigham and Women’s offers patients access to expert physicians available 24/7 who have the experience of performing a high volume of thrombectomies.

Brigham and Women's brings patients to Thrombectomy Suite quickly to remove the clot

Carotid Artery Stenosis Interventions

Brigham and Women’s Hospital performs procedures such as Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) and Carotid Stenting (CAS) for patients with stroke or at risk for stroke due to blockage of a carotid artery.

Carotid Complication Rate graphic showing fewer than 1 percent post-procedural complications

Patient Satisfaction

2022 patient satisfaction survey, 91% very satisfied

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