When a patient comes to the hospital with stroke symptoms, it’s crucial to make a proper diagnosis quickly in order to begin treatment to minimize the effects of a stroke. As a Primary Stroke Center, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center has met rigorous standards as designated by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).
The Primary Stroke Center designation distinguishes hospitals with advanced technology, infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients of all ages with all types of strokes. This means that Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is prepared to treat all types of strokes quicker than non-designated hospitals.
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center’s stroke care team delivers potentially life-saving care for ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, and can perform treatment options such as:
- Angioplasty and stent placement to open blocked arteries and veins
- Embolizing agents (clotting medications) delivered by catheter to stop blood flow resulting from hemorrhagic strokes
- Thrombolitic therapy deliver clot-dissolving medicine to treat ischemic strokes
- Minimally invasive surgery to remove a clot, or repair arteries and veins
Every Second Counts
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Each year, more than 700,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds.
- When you are having a stroke, a blockage or hemorrhage cuts off oxygen to part of the brain.
- Every second that goes by costs thousands of brain cells, which may or may not be recovered.
- Survival and degree of recovery depend on how quickly a precise diagnosis can be made and treatment can begin.
Following a stoke, our rehabilitation care is there to help individuals regain their independence. Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center’s multidisciplinary rehabilitation team provides caring, personalized assistance to help patients meet their goals.