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Stroke Treatment

​​​​​​​​​​Studies have shown that nationally accredited stroke centers like Baylor University Medical Center, offer comprehensive services that improve patient outcomes and recovery.

Stroke is a medical emergency that requires rapid assessment and evaluation to maximize the benefits of treatment and reduce brain damage. The emergency department at Baylor Dallas is a Level 1 Trauma Center that offers all of the components integral to treating acute stroke patients. A pre-hospital notification systems is in place which allows Emergency Medical Services to notify the Emergency Department of a potential stroke patient is in route so that the team is ready when the patient arrives.

24/7 Care Available

"Brain Attack" protocols (treatment plans the medical community has determined to be appropriate treatment) help provide eligible patients with ischemic stroke thrombolytics (“clot-busting” therapy) without delay to restore blood flow to the brain.

Staff specially trained in diagnosing and treating stroke are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

  • Emergency/Trauma physicians and nursing staff
  • Interventional Cardiologists
  • Neurologist
  • Neuro-radiologists
  • Laboratory and Pathology physicians and staff
  • Radiologists
  • Vascular surgeons

Stroke Treatments Available at Baylor Dallas:

  • Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA)
    Potent clot-dissolving medication that can be administered within three hours of the onset of symptoms to patients with ischemic stroke.
  • Intra-arterial Thrombolysis
    Blood clot-busting therapy delivered directly into the arteries through a catheter
  • Clot retrieval device
    A mechanical device that removes clots from within the vessel.
  • Carotid stenting/angioplasty
    Angioplasty uses a tiny balloon to dilate blocked or narrowed arteries. Stents are small, metal mesh tubes that prop arteries open after angioplasty that open blocked or narrowed arteries that are less invasive than surgery.
  • Surgical procedures (including carotid endarterectomy, aneurysm clipping and AVM resection) Carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure to open blocked or narrowed vessels to prevent ischemic stroke. Aneurysm clipping and AVM resection are procedures that remove abnormal vessel malformations to prevent hemorrhage.
  • Endovascular coiling of aneurysms 
    A treatment method that can be used for aneurysms that may be difficult to treat with neurosurgery.
  • Cerebrovascular bypass procedures 
    A procedure similar to cardiovascular bypass surgery, in which a vein or artery is used as a graft to bypass a blocked vessel in the neck or brain.
  • Ongoing clinical trials for potentially neuroprotective agents
  • Evidence-based secondary stroke prevention regimens

Stroke Warning Signs

The signs or symptoms of a stroke may appear suddenly, without warning. If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, act quickly and call 911:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Types of Strokes​


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