The Main Line Health Stroke Program provides a comprehensive continuum
of high-quality stroke care that includes community education,
assessment and stroke-prevention efforts, early identification and
acute-treatment strategies, rehabilitation, and secondary-stroke
Why Main Line Health for Stroke Care?
A stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain ruptures (hemorrhagic) or is
blocked by a blood clot (ischemic). Stroke treatments work to either
open the blockage or treat the rupture. Main Line Health neurosurgeons
are trained in the latest medical treatments and surgeries to treat both
types of strokes:
Most strokes—85 percent—are ischemic strokes. If you have an
ischemic stroke, the artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to
the brain becomes blocked. Blood clots often cause the blockages
that lead to ischemic strokes. This type of stroke can be
treated with medications such as antiplatelet medicines or blood
thinners or medical procedures to open up the blood flow to the
Hemorrhagic strokes are not as common as strokes caused by a
blood clot, but cause death more often than ischemic strokes. A
hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel, either
an aneurysm or an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), ruptures and
bleeds into the brain. The leaked blood puts too much pressure
on brain cells, which damages them.
Main Line Health, in affiliation with Jefferson Neuroscience Network
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.