The Stanford Stroke Center offers you the most advanced stroke
treatments and leads the advancement of stroke care for patients
nationwide. Our center is a designated comprehensive stroke center and
provides rapid access to care that can help save your life or the life
of a loved one.
To ensure that emergency care is administered as expeditiously as
possible in the case of stroke victims, Stanford offers 24-hour
emergency helicopter and fixed-wing transport through its Life
Department staff provide an early and essential communications
link in the identification and treatment of stroke patients.
After care in the Emergency Room or the Intensive Care Unit (ICU),
stroke patients are generally admitted to the Inpatient Neurology or
Neurosurgery Unit for continued observation, treatment, and eventual
rehabilitation. During their hospital stay, patients receive care from
a dedicated interdisciplinary team.
Stroke rehabilitation services
Stanford offers a wide variety of rehabilitation services for stroke
patients, including inpatient services in the Comprehensive Inpatient
Rehabilitation Unit and several types of outpatient therapies.
The program features an interdisciplinary team approach, including
Physical, occupational, and recreational
Clinical social workers/case
Because of tremendous advances in stroke treatment, along with the
ever-increasing sophistication of rehabilitation techniques, the
outlook for stroke patients has never been more hopeful.
The ultimate goal of rehabilitation is to return the patient to as
independent a lifestyle as possible. Successful stroke rehabilitation
is dependent on many factors, including the severity of brain damage
and the cooperation of family and friends. Not surprisingly, the
attitude of the patient is a key factor in speed and degree of
recovery. A positive outlook and high level of determination may
Assess each patient individually
Depending on the area of the brain affected by the stroke, physical
and mental damage may be mild or severe, ranging from dizziness and
confusion, to sensory loss, to paralysis and even death. Patients with
mild strokes or those who obtained successful medical therapy may need
little or no rehabilitation.
After a stroke, other blood vessels may be able to take over for the
damaged blood vessel. This allows some cells to recover, although
others may still die. If the blood supply is cut off due to a clot,
the body works to dissolve the clot. This means that the damaged part
of the brain can sometimes improve or return to normal without
rehabilitation. Most stroke patients, however, will benefit from some
type of rehabilitation.
Different areas of the brain control different bodily functions.
When certain brain cells are not able to function due to stroke, the
parts of the body controlled by those cells are also unable to
function. For instance, if the left hemisphere of the brain is
damaged, most of the effects will occur on the right side of the body.
It's also important to note that most areas of the brain will continue
to function normally, despite substantial damage in other areas.
Some of the most common results of a stroke are hemiparesis
(paralysis on one side of the body), aphasia (the loss of ability to
speak or to understand language), spatial-perceptual deficits,
learning difficulties, memory loss, behavioral/emotional changes, and
loss of motor skills.
If someone you know has suffered some of these disabilities as a
result of stroke, there are many community resources available that
can help you cope with the situation and learn how to provide the
proper support and encouragement. The Stanford Stroke Center can
provide you with an up-to-date list of community resources. Contact
the Stroke Center at (650) 723-6469 or at email@example.com
Stanford offers The Stanford Stroke Group in conjunction with the Pacific Stroke Association for
patients and their families. Participants have the opportunity to
increase their knowledge of diagnostic and treatment options, and
develop problem-solving and coping skills.
The support group is intended to be a forum where patients and their
families can share experiences and concerns about rehabilitation,
depression, and other daily concerns. All patients, at any stage of
treatment, are encouraged to participate. Contact the Stroke Center at
(650) 723-6469 or at firstname.lastname@example.org more details.
For anyone having a stroke, time is everything. Getting help quickly can make the difference between recovery and disability. You will take away an understanding of stroke risk factors and new stroke therapies from this discussion.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics)
provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well
as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office
staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.
The following tests may be ordered as part of the stroke work-up: