A stroke occurs when a vessel that supplies blood to the brain ruptures or is blocked by a blood clot. Stroke is a neurologic emergency — it needs immediate medical attention for the best possible outcomes and to minimize long-term disability.
What you should know about stroke care
- Treatment with specialized clot-dissolving medication, called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), within the first three hours of the stroke may prevent death and help minimize any potential long-term effects.
- Stroke is the number one cause of disability in patients. Patients are only eligible for tPA treatment if they can get to the Emergency Department without any delay. If you think you or someone you’re with is having a stroke, call 911 right away.
- More than half of all strokes are caused by uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure), and 80 percent of all strokes are classified as treatable.
- Prevention starts with managing key risk factors, including high blood pressure, smoking, atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rate), diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity.
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes called a mini-stroke, is caused by a clot. The difference between a stroke and TIA is that with TIA the blockage is temporary. When a TIA is over, it usually causes no permanent injury to the brain, but it should be considered a serious event and a warning to manage stroke risk. Geisinger Wyoming Valley now offers an outpatient TIA clinic an alternative to some patients instead of admission to the hospital.
Why choose Geisinger for your stroke care?
- Each of Geisinger’s Primary Stroke Centers is staffed with a highly trained team, including stroke neurologists and neuroendovascular specialists, available 24/7 to provide emergency care.
- Patients who need additional care have access to all the resources of our nationally recognized healthcare system, including our open-brain vascular surgeons.
- Our stroke care includes:
- A nationally recognized Acute Stroke Program
- A nursing unit dedicated to treating stroke patients
- Telemedicine-based remote stroke consultations that provide real-time, immediate stroke evaluation
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Outpatient rehabilitation
- Geisinger’s stroke recovery team includes a group of physicians, occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, certified therapeutic recreation specialists, rehabilitation nurses and support staff.
Treats these conditions
The effects of a stroke can be minimized with immediate treatment. That’s why Geisinger has three Primary Stroke Centers equipped to deal with:
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
Specialties and institutes
Connect with other specialties at Geisinger to learn more about these treatments.
- Neuroscience Institute