Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. This is a true emergency that demands evaluation and treatment to occur within a crucial time period. Stroke requires a coordinated and practiced, multi-disciplinary team approach. An umbrella organization such as a stroke center can coordinate this effort.
This is a designation awarded by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals that is the highest and most robust stroke care available in America. Only a handful of hospitals in the region have this designation, and it’s important to consider choosing a comprehensive stroke center for your acute and ongoing care. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, CU Hospital at the Anschutz Medical Campus takes the bulk of ischemic (blood vessel blockage) types of stroke. We also care for all types of stroke patients, including bleeding (or hemorrhagic) strokes, such as those caused by brain aneurysms.
A stroke happens when a blood vessel to the brain is either blocked (ischemic stroke) or bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). This prevents oxygen from reaching the brain and damage can begin within minutes. The parts of the body controlled by that part of the brain will not work properly. That is why it is important to know the signs of stroke and act fast. Minutes matter when the very first stroke symptoms appear. Call 911 immediately!
The UCH Stroke Center also has the distinctive competence of operating from a neuro-intensive care paradigm applied in an emergency setting. This entails a stroke team activated by the Neuro-ICU and coordinated with the emergency department staff. It offers 24/7 availability of a physician solely assigned to the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit who is familiar and comfortable with dynamic intervention. Our comprehensive Stroke Center establishes an integrated delivery system with a full continuum of care from patient arrival in the Emergency Department through the Rehabilitation program.
The statistics for stroke are startling: