Strokes can be classified into two main categories. Learn more.
Many risk factors for stroke can be changed or managed, while others that relate to hereditary or natural processes cannot be changed.
Although there is no cure for stroke, advanced medical and surgical treatments are now available, giving many stroke victims hope for optimal recovery.
Rehabilitation does not reverse or undo the damage caused by a stroke, but rather helps restore the individual to optimal health, functioning, and well-being.
The effects of stroke vary from person to person based on the type, severity, and location of the stroke.
Stroke is the fourth largest cause of death, ranking behind diseases of the heart, all forms of cancer, and lower respiratory disease.
High-Quality Stroke Care
When a patient comes to the hospital with stroke symptoms, it’s crucial to make a proper diagnosis quickly in order to begin treatment — immediate treatment can help avoid or minimize the effects of stroke. Wuesthoff’s experienced stroke team has the expertise and technology to delivery life-saving care. At Wuesthoff, you can count on:
- Speed – Treatments given during the first three hours after a stroke can greatly reduce or even reverse the effects of stroke, so our stroke care professionals are ready to jump into action immediately.
- Expertise – Wuesthoff’s doctors, nurses, emergency professionals and other specialists meet high educational standards, and are specially trained to identify stroke symptoms and administer the latest treatments.
- Technology – Wuesthoff’s stroke care experts utilize the most advanced testing and imaging technology available, allowing them to identify the type of stroke within minutes so they are able to begin treatment. Our 64-slice CT scanner provides the necessary speed and resolution required for rapid imaging of blood vessels in the brain, so doctors can begin treatment as quickly as possible.
Expert treatment for stroke
Our highly trained stroke care experts are well equipped to deliver life-saving care for ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, and can perform the latest, minimally invasive treatment options:
- Angioplasty and stent placement are used to open blocked arteries and veins.
- Embolizing agents (clotting medications) are delivered by catheter to stop blood flow resulting from hemorrhagic strokes.
- Thrombolitic therapy, which is also delivered by catheter, uses clot-dissolving medicine to treat ischemic strokes.
- Minimally invasive surgery can be used to remove a clot, or repair arteries and veins.
Stroke care extends through recovery
Our rehabilitation care is designed to help individuals regain their independence, and includes specialized services for stroke recovery. Wuesthoff’s multidisciplinary rehabilitation team provides caring, personalized assistance to help patients meet their goals.
Why go to a Primary Stroke Center?
A Primary Stroke Center means you are in the best possible place for stroke care.
Your Primary Stroke Center at Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge and Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne has met rigorous standards as established by The Joint Commission, in conjuction with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
Primary Stroke Center certification designates hospitals with advanced technology, infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients of all ages with all types of strokes.
- Prepared to treat all types of strokes quicker than non-certified hospitals
- 24/7 stroke team access
- Advanced imaging technology and protocols
- Seamless integration with the ER
F.A.S.T. is the easy way to remember the signs of a stroke. Know the signs and call 911 immediately.
Why Every Second Counts
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Each year, more than 700,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds.
- When you are having a stroke, a blockage or hemorrhage cuts off oxygen to part of the brain
- Every second that goes by costs thousands of brain cells, which may or may not be recovered
- Survival and degree of recovery depend on how quickly a precise diagnosis can be made and treatment can begin
The gold seal means you are in the right place
The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval means you are in the best possible place for stroke care. Learn more.