High-quality stroke care
When a patient comes to the hospital with stroke symptoms, it’s crucial to make a proper diagnosis quickly in order to begin treatment — immediate treatment can help avoid or minimize the effects of stroke. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg’s experienced stroke team has the expertise and technology to deliver life-saving care. At Bayfront's Comprehensive Stroke Center you can count on:
- Speed – Treatments given during the first three hours after a stroke can greatly reduce or even reverse the effects of stroke, so our stroke care professionals are ready to jump into action immediately.
- Expertise – Bayfront’s doctors, nurses, emergency professionals and other specialists meet high educational standards, and are specially trained to identify stroke symptoms and administer the latest treatments.
- Technology – Bayfront’s stroke care experts utilize the most advanced testing and imaging technology available, allowing them to identify the type of stroke within minutes so they are able to begin treatment. Our 64-slice CT scanner provides the necessary speed and resolution required for rapid imaging of blood vessels in the brain, so doctors can begin treatment as quickly as possible.
Expert treatment for stroke
Bayfront is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center with the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission and was one of three hospitals to be recognized for excellence in stroke care at the International Stroke Conference in 2007. Our highly trained stroke care experts are well equipped to deliver life-saving care for ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, and can perform the latest, minimally invasive treatment options:
- Angioplasty and stent placement are used to open blocked arteries and veins.
- Embolizing agents (clotting medications) are delivered by catheter to stop blood flow resulting from hemorrhagic strokes.
- Thrombolitic therapy, which is also delivered by catheter, uses clot-dissolving medicine to treat ischemic strokes.
- Minimally invasive surgery can be used to remove a clot, or repair arteries and veins.
Stroke care extends through recovery
Our rehabilitation care is designed to help individuals regain their independence, and includes specialized services for stroke recovery. Bayfront’s multidisciplinary rehabilitation team provides caring, personalized assistance to help patients meet their goals.
Some facts about stroke:
- Leading cause of long-term disability (over 4 million U.S. adults live today with the effects of a stroke)
- 4th leading cause of death (ranking behind diseases of the heart, all forms of cancer, and lower respiratory disease)
- Stroke accounts for about one out of every 18 deaths in the U.S
- 15-35% of strokes are preceded by TIAs. TIAs have the same underlying cause as strokes: a disruption of cerebral blood flow, and are frequently referred to as mini-strokes. TIAs and strokes cause the same symptoms, such as contralateral paralysis (opposite side of body from affected brain hemisphere) or sudden weakness or numbness. A TIA may cause sudden dimming or loss of vision, aphasia, slurred speech and mental confusion. But unlike a stroke, the symptoms of a TIA can resolve within a few minutes or 24 hours. Brain injury may still occur in a TIA lasting only a few minutes. Having a TIA is a risk factor for eventually having a stroke.
- 12% of TIA victims will die within a year
- Women account for 6/10 of strokes
- Black males have almost twice the risk of having a stroke as white males
- TIME IS BRAIN – approximately 2 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke
- After 50 years of age, chances of stroke double every 10 years
- Someone dies of a stroke every 3 minutes
- Someone experiences a stroke every 40 seconds
- 25% of strokes happen to people below 65 years of age
- 795,000 people have a reoccurring stroke annually