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Wayne Health’s Comprehensive Stroke Program is one of the leading stroke programs in the country and serves as a referral center for patients from across Michigan. Our comprehensive stroke team collaborates with a group of specialists in neurosurgery, neurocritical care, and with endovascular interventionalists, interventional cardiologists and rehabilitation experts. This collaborative approach provides patients with optimal stroke care, a treatment plan customized to their needs and strategies for stroke prevention.
Our stroke team evaluates patients at the downtown Detroit Medical Center (DMC) hospitals for emergency treatment with “clot-buster” drugs or the latest clot-removal or revascularization procedures.
Wayne Health’s team of experts have helped Detroit Receiving Hospital and Harper University Hospital attain Joint Commission certification as primary stroke centers, and to earn an American Stroke Association Silver Award for consistent compliance with stroke care quality measures.
We are also a proud member of the National Institutes of Health-funded StrokeNet, a network of stroke centers conducting small and large clinical trials and research studies to advance stroke treatment, prevention, recovery and rehabilitation.
A stroke is a sudden disruption in blood flow to the brain caused by a blockage of a blood vessel (ischemic stroke) or bleeding of a blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). Areas of the brain that are affected by the blockage or bleeding can become damaged within minutes. The effects of a stroke may be mild or severe and temporary or permanent. The effects depend on which brain cells are damaged, how much of the brain is involved, and how quickly the blood supply is restored to the area
Symptoms of a stroke happen quickly. A stroke may cause:
FAST is a simple way to remember the main symptoms of stroke. Recognizing these symptoms helps you know when to call for medical help.
FAST stands for:
When you know stroke symptoms, you will know when it’s important to call for medical help. Quick treatment may save your life. And it may reduce the damage in your brain so that you have fewer problems after the stroke.
The first test the doctor will do in the emergency room is a CT scan of the head. This can show if there is bleeding in the brain. This test will show whether the stroke is ischemic or hemorrhagic. You may also have an MRI.
Other tests recommended for ischemic stroke include:
Wayne Health providers treat a wide range of stroke conditions with a variety of treatments. Stroke is now a treatable condition if the patient is evaluated quickly after the onset of stroke. The type of treatment depends upon the type of stroke you have and your individual needs.
Wayne Health providers have vast experience in treating the following conditions:
Carotid artery disease
Cardioembolic stroke, including those related to patent foramen ovale (PFO)
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), a form of mini-stroke
Our wide array of treatments include:
Wayne Health physicians and researchers are also faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct basic, translational and clinical research. This makes the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other providers without a medical school affiliation, and before FDA approval or commercial availability.
Our stroke research focuses on stroke prevention, improving the quality of stroke care, and the increased risk of stroke in minority populations. Other current areas of research include: carotid disease and acute stroke treatments; new blood thinners for stroke prevention; and a novel approach to improve motor recovery after a stroke.
Wayne Health providers also help to educate the next generation of physicians by teaching WSU medical students, neurology residents, and fellows in WSU’s stroke fellowship program, which is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.