Stroke & Cerebrovascular Care

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain, is either blocked by a clot or bursts. It is a life-threatening emergency as brain cells rapidly begin to die. Quick intervention is vital. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, gender or age.

Signs of Stroke (Brain Attack)

  • Sudden trouble seeing one or both eyes
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately and the note the time when symptoms are first experienced. This information is important to your healthcare provider and can affect treatment decisions.

Advanced Stroke Treatment

With Primary Stroke Centers in our community hospitals and our Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center at Baptist Jacksonville, our system of care is designed to provide adults and children throughout the region with fast access to stroke diagnosis and treatment.

  • Each of our hospital emergency centers is equipped with tele-neurology capabilities for 24/7 consultations by a Baptist Neurologist.
  • Our primary stroke centers have the technology and expertise for immediate diagnosis and care, using national protocols.
  • We measure “door-to-intervention” times to help ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.
  • Our Stroke Transfer Center expedites the transfer of time-sensitive patients to our new Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center when advanced treatment is required.
  • At our Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center, multidisciplinary teams work together to provide care using state-of-the-art, minimally invasive technology.
  • This capability means local residents don’t have to leave the area to receive the life-saving care they need.

Certified Primary Stroke Centers

Our hospitals have achieved Primary Stroke Center certification, which ensures compliance with national standards for the diagnosis and treatment of patients who, following CT scan, have a diagnosis of Ischemic Stroke, Hemorrhagic Stroke, or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). Baptist Jacksonville is pursuing certification as a comprehensive stroke center.

Stroke & Cerebrovascular Care Team led by Lyerly Neurosurgeons

Medical leadership for the Baptist Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center is provided by world-renown neurosurgeons Ricardo Hanel, MD and Eric Sauvageau, MD, with Lyerly Neurosurgery.

Conditions We Treat:

  • Acute Stroke
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistulae
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Meningioma
  • Pediatric Neurovascular conditions
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Cavernous Angioma
  • Brain Tumors
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia/Hemifacial Spasm

Treatment Options:

  • Biplane angiography
  • Carotid artery stent
  • Aneurysm coiling or stenting
  • Neurovascular clipping or bypass
  • Microsurgery and neuro-intervention
  • Tumor embolization
  • Cerebral angiogram
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Flow diverter technology
  • Skull base neurosurgery
  • Vascular access with catheter
  • Revascularization

Stroke Risks

Lower your risk for a first stroke by knowing and treating your risk factors:

  • High blood pressure is a major stroke risk factor if left untreated

  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib) can increase stroke risk by up to 500%

  • Smoking doubles the risk of stroke and damages blood vessel walls

  • Alcohol use has been linked to stroke; medical experts advise drinking only in moderation or possibly not at all if you are at a high risk for stroke

  • High cholesterol levels (>200) can clog arteries and lead to a stroke

  • Diabetes can lead to circulatory problems that can increase risk of stroke

  • Excess weight strains the circulatory system, which can increase stroke risk

Stroke Risk Scorecard

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Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented. The scorecard below allows you to assess your risk factors for stroke and then request an appointment with a primary care physician or neurologist to review your results and discuss ways you can reduce your risk.