Stroke & Cerebrovascular Care
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly blocked (ischemic stroke) or a blood vessel within the brain ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke). When brain cells are deprived of oxygen, the cells begin to die. A brain aneurysm is a bulging artery, which is caused by a weak spot in the artery wall. A ruptured brain aneurysm is a medical emergency.
A Stroke is An Emergency
A stroke is a brain attack. It requires immediate action. Similar to a heart attack, stroke symptoms man not always be classic symptoms such as face drooping, arm or leg weakness or slurred speech. The first sign may be a sudden loss of balance or coordination, blurred vision or sudden loss of vision. If stroke is suspected, call 911 immediately. Do not wait and see what happens or try to “sleep it off.” The faster you seek care, the better your chances for treatment and recovery.
BE FAST and CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY at any sign of a stroke:
Balance: Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
Eyes: Is there persistent blurred vision and/or sudden trouble seeing?
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of these signs call 911 immediately.
Early intervention is critical to save lives and to preserve quality of life. Getting to the right facility is equally important. The Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, providing a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke.
Our neurosurgeons provide the full spectrum of evidence-based care backed by the latest research. Providing new hope to patients who otherwise were past the traditional window of time for minimally invasive treatment, Baptist has more than 20 clinical trials for aneurysms and strokes, including trials which can expand the treatment window up to 24 hours after stroke symptoms begin.
Specialists in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Care
Our internationally recognized neurosurgeons offer more advanced treatment options for strokes, brain aneurysms and other cerebrovascular conditions than any other providers in the area. Our groundbreaking, minimally invasive procedures include flow diverter technology, stenting and coiling, and more traditional methods, such as clipping and bypasses.
Conditions we treat
Our stroke and cerebrovascular team works around the clock to provide innovative care that transforms patients' lives throughout our region.
Quick thinking by room full of paramedics enabled fire official to receive most comprehensive treatment available.
Kristine Meyer is cherishing every moment after doctors eliminated a small aneurysm behind her eye and nose.
Senior swimmer on way to nationals thanks to quick action in seeking stroke treatment.
International study led by Baptist neurosurgeons gives new option to patients with small and medium-sized brain aneurysms.
Linda Shriner recognized her symptoms early, allowing doctors to use a new device to close the hole in her heart.
Baptist and Lyerly receive top quality awards on largest stroke intervention study in history