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Stroke Management

Because of our reputation for research and outstanding care for stroke patients, Akron General is a model for hospitals in Ohio and across the nation. When a stroke occurs, patients are cared for by a team that includes the emergency medicine doctors, neurologists, critical care doctors, interventional radiologists, neurosurgeons and physical medicine rehabilitation specialists. Our Emergency Department physicians are educated in recognizing the early onset of stroke and work closely with our neurology, radiology and neurosurgery team to assess and quickly manage stroke.

A dedicated Neuro ICU is staffed 24 hours a day by neurologic and critical care intensivists, providing a high level of coverage.

Acute treatment for ischemic stroke may include:

  • Systemic tPA or tissue plasminogen activator (clot-busting medication, delivered through an IV)
  • Intra-arterial thrombolysis (medication delivered to the clot by catheter)
  • Cerebral angioplasty (stenting)

Acute treatment for hemorrhagic stroke may include:

  • Surgery - a metal clip is placed at the base of the aneurysm or bulge in the abnormal vessel, to remove an arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • Endovascular procedures, including coiling. These can be inserted through a catheter in an effort to prevent rupture of the AVM.

Read more on stroke treatment.

ICU Dedicated to Neurological Conditions
Akron General converted 10 of its 69 critical care beds in developing the Neuro ICU. It is the latest step in a series of moves designed to create the area’s preeminent Neuroscience Institute. It is expected that through the new Neuroscience Institute, many of the Summit County residents who leave the county each year for neurological care, will now be able to receive their care close to home, in Akron.

Date Updated: 15-OCT-2012

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