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Advanced stroke care

Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, but your chances of surviving a stroke greatly improve when you know how to recognize the warning signs and take steps to lower your risk of having one. Survival often hinges on a combination of how quickly treatment is administered and the type of intervention that’s available.

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A stroke can be caused by blockages and bleeding.

Most strokes (87%) are caused by a blockage — or clot — in a blood vessel in the brain, which blocks blood flow to the brain and deprives it of oxygen. Strokes can also be caused by bleeding in the brain caused by an aneurysm or other condition.

The signs and symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Facial drooping
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Speech difficulties

While these are all signs of a stroke, women may also experience generalized weakness, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

If someone is having a stroke, you should B.E. F.A.S.T.

Millions of brain cells are lost every minute during a stroke. It is critical to get advanced medical care as quickly as possible. Call 911 immediately.

What can people do to lower their risk of stroke?

Reducing your risk of having a stroke may seem daunting, but the good news is that everyone has the power to take steps towards prevention. To reduce your risk of stroke, you should:

  • Quit smoking
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Manage high blood pressure
  • Monitor cholesterol levels

Regular check-ups and health screenings can also help catch any potential risk factors early on. By taking these steps, we can all work towards a healthier and stroke-free future.

neurointerventionalists reviewing test results on screen

Advanced stroke care at Main Line Health

Through a collaboration between Main Line Health and Jefferson Neurosurgery, state-of-the-art neurointervention care is available at Bryn Mawr Hospital and Paoli Hospital.

Our neurointervention lab at Paoli Hospital brings innovative capabilities to our medical services, allowing our team of experts to provide advanced stroke treatment. Our lab is staffed 24/7 by highly skilled neurointerventionalists who perform complex and minimally invasive procedures for a variety of neurovascular concerns, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, aneurysms and malformations.

With the most sophisticated imaging equipment available, we can quickly diagnose and provide life-saving treatments such as intra-arterial tPA, endovascular coiling, angioplasty and stenting. At Main Line Health, we’re committed to bringing the most advanced medical services to our patients, and our neurointervention lab is just one example of this dedication.

Stroke care at Main Line Health

Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of their state-of-the-art neurointervention lab. The lab has brought leading-edge capabilities to Paoli Hospital, enabling Main Line Health’s team of experts to provide advanced stroke treatment to the western suburbs. These capabilities are also offered at Bryn Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health.

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