In case of a stroke, you need immediate care by a specially trained team of experts. You'll find this at The Stroke Center at JFK Medical Center. Fully certified by the Joint Commission. We have Neuro-Interventional radiologists to deliver immediate, stroke-related treatment.
Spearheading our effort is a precision team of emergency medicine physicians, nurses, neuroradiologists and neurologists who spring into action once paramedics alert the hospital that a stroke patient is en route. They know from experience how critical quick diagnosis and treatment are to saving lives and reducing the debilitating effects of stroke.
When a patient arrives at The Stroke Center, a physical exam is conducted and tests are done immediately to learn the cause of the stroke. Among the most important diagnostic tools are computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. They determine the type of stroke a patient has had, enabling the physician to pursue the most effective course of treatment. The most common type of stroke is ischemic, in which a clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain and stops the flow of blood.
Powerful clot-busting drugs, such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), have proven to be particularly effective when the CT scan shows no sign of bleeding. tPA helps restore blood flow to the damaged area of the brain. Studies show patients with ischemic stroke who receive tPA within three hours of the onset of symptoms can reduce the chance of brain damage and permanent disabilities. Specialists at The Stroke Center may perform a cutting-edge procedure that uses blood vessels to deliver tPA to specific parts of the brain. Other treatments employed by the center's uniquely qualified staff include carotid surgery and newly approved carotid artery stents.
Another procedure being performed only by our neurointerventional radiologist is the Merci® Retrieval System. This procedure is able to literally pull blood clots from the brain, working much like a corkscrew. It's the first medical device approved by the Food and Drug Administration to physically remove blood clots from the brains of stroke patients.
Know the Warning Signs
To find out the warning signs of stroke, visit www.americanheart.org
Evidence shows that timely treatment from a skilled team like we have at The Stroke Center at JFK Medical Center can greatly increase your chances of recovery.
The Stroke Center at JFK Medical Center is located at 5301 South Congress Ave., just west of I-95 between Lanatana Road and Lake Worth Road.
For more information on The Stroke Center at JFK Medical Center, call 561-548-4JFK or email us.