Overview

Clinical Trial at Mayo Clinic Saves Workaholic after Stroke

If you are experiencing stroke symptoms, getting to a highly specialized treatment center that can quickly diagnose and deliver individualized treatment can have a dramatic impact on your outcome. Mayo Clinic's stroke experts, part of the nation's leading neurosciences program, provide comprehensive care for more than 20,000 people with stroke and other blood vessel and brain (cerebrovascular) conditions each year. On all campuses, Mayo Clinic exceeds the national average in the percentage of stroke patients who receive the appropriate, customized treatment, thereby optimizing outcomes.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. A stroke is a medical emergency. Prompt treatment is crucial and early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic's world-renowned stroke teams include doctors trained in blood vessel and brain conditions (cerebrovascular neurologists), brain blood vessel imaging (endovascular surgical neuroradiologists), blood vessel brain surgery (vascular neurosurgeons), physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists), emergency medicine, and other subspecialists who work together to provide exactly the care you need.

Having all this expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you’re not just getting one opinion — your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination, and the most highly specialized stroke experts in the world are all working together for you. What might take months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

Stroke team at Mayo Clinic  Stroke team at Mayo Clinic

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic stroke experts use advanced technology and sophisticated imaging tests to accurately diagnose strokes or other cerebrovascular conditions. They work together to determine the cause of your symptoms and to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. Mayo Clinic care teams exceed the national average at all Mayo Clinic campuses, delivering the appropriate, customized care to a higher than average percentage of stroke patients who are admitted, thereby optimizing outcomes.

If surgery is the most appropriate treatment, you want to be in the hands of experienced surgeons who perform these operations frequently. Neurosurgery is among the most complex of the surgical disciplines. At Mayo Clinic, experienced vascular neurosurgeons perform more than 100 procedures for stroke and other cerebrovascular conditions each year, and they're experienced in determining and performing the most effective procedures using the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques. Mayo Clinic monitors and shares quality data relating to carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting, consistently demonstrating low mortality rates for these procedures.

Mayo Clinic scientists are constantly seeking new medical knowledge and individual-driven innovation for people who have had a stroke or are at risk of stroke. Active research studies include causes, risk factors, prevention, diagnostic tests and treatment options. A variety of clinical trials and other clinical studies may be available to you at Mayo Clinic.

If you experience problems with movement, language, thinking or memory, pain, or other limitations following a stroke, your Mayo Clinic care team will include experts trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation. These experts offer a full range of brain rehabilitation treatment options for you, from intensive hospital care to outpatient and community-based services.

Stroke telemedicine

Stroke experts at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota use stroke telemedicine to evaluate people who have had acute strokes at remote locations and provide treatment recommendations. Mayo Clinic doctors communicate with teams at remote hospitals using digital video cameras, Internet telecommunications, robots and other technology, extending Mayo's highly specialized stroke knowledge to a broader audience.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and La Crosse, Wisconsin, are certified as primary stroke centers by The Joint Commission, a national organization that evaluates and accredits health care providers.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, is ranked high performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

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