A brain attack or "stroke" occurs when there is bleeding into the brain or normal blood flow to the brain is blocked. Within minutes of being deprived of essential nutrients, brain cells start dying, a process that may continue for several hours. As part of the emergency team that responds 24/7 to stroke, our neurovascular specialists use both transcatheter thrombolysis and mechanical thrombectomy to open blocked vessels in the brain.
Innovative diagnosis and treatment
- 128-slice CT scanner. Images of the brain can be seen in far greater detail than traditional 64-slice scanners for more accurate stroke diagnosis.
- Hypothermic treatment. This procedure helps cool the body to a lower temperature, reducing the needs for brain cells to draw as much oxygen and nutrients from the blood so that both can be conserved. This gives doctors more time to treat the patient in the hope of reducing permanent damage caused by an inadequate supply of oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
- Neuronavigation imaging. Sophisticated imaging technology gives neurovascular specialists a real-time 3D picture for precise movement within the brain.
Our Telestroke program allows rural hospital emergency physicians to connect to our neurological specialists via advanced telemedicine equipment for real-time consultations.
Riverside Regional Medical Center is a Comprehensive Stroke Center and Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg is a certified Primary Stroke Center, the first to serve these Virginia Peninsula communities.
Key elements of our program and care plan:
- Training. The medical teams in the Emergency Departments are specially trained to quickly recognize and treat stroke symptoms;
- 24/7 readiness. On-staff Riverside neurovascular specialists, neurosurgeons and neurologists are available 24 hours a day to care for stroke patients.
- Rehabilitation. All phases of care including rehabilitation and outpatient treatment are included in our stroke program.
Our team approach to treating stroke includes a strong neurorehabilitation program, led by a dedicated physiatrist, as well as active support groups.