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Stroke Treatment

You’re never ready for a stroke. But we are.

If you think you are having a stroke, call 911 immediately! Symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.

As a member of Prime Healthcare New Jersey, Saint Michael’s is part of a network of hospitals including Saint Clare’s Health and St. Mary’s General Hospital offering specialized services for stroke treatments.

For further information, contact us at 973-877-5000.

Time is Brain

With a stroke, every second counts. Minutes could mean the difference between recovery and permanent disability – even death – for stroke victims. Prime Healthcare New Jersey’s hospitals provide patients with exceptional care by a multi-disciplinary team of award-winning vascular neurologists, known as stroke doctors, using the latest technology for the fastest diagnoses and treatment of strokes — all to increase the chances of recovery.

What happens when you have a stroke?

A stroke is a “brain attack” and occurs when a blood vessel that carries blood, oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke). Because the blood, oxygen, and nutrients cannot get to the brain, brain cells die.

Speed and Expertise: Diagnostics

  • As soon as an ambulance team arrives, care begins. Paramedics conduct a special stroke assessment and call in the results to the Emergency Department while they speed to the hospital.
  • Our emergency medicine doctors and nurses are waiting at the emergency room, ready to bring the patient for a brain scan and/or other imaging. Other tests are also performed.
  • Then vascular neurologists take the lead. As the patient undergoes the stroke CT diagnostic test, advanced technology allows the neurologist to simultaneously see exactly what is happening inside the patient’s brain so not a second is lost.
  • Once the specific diagnosis is made, the stroke team develops a plan for removing the blood clot as quickly as possible.

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