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The Joint Commission has awarded an advanced stroke certification for Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Centers (TSC) to Northridge Hospital. This means that our Stroke Center has met the rigorous standards for performing endovascular thrombectomy (EVT) and post-procedure care.
Recent studies have shown the effectiveness of EVT procedures and the ability to perform EVT allows patients to get to the right location as soon as possible. Considered the Gold Seal of Approval™, this certification demonstrates our commitment to excellence in stroke care. Our community can be assured that the quality care we provide is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.
Ischemic strokes are the most common type of stroke and account for nearly 80 percent of all strokes. In 2021, 63% of the patients we treated came in with an Ischemic stroke, which is caused by a clot or blockage in an artery leading to the brain. 1 in 5 patients came in with the most serious type of stroke - hemorrhagic, which occurs when a blood vessel ruptures. The most common cause is uncontrolled high blood pressure. Transient Ischemic Attacks or TIAs represent the rest of the visits, and TIAs can serve as a warning to patients that they are at a higher risk of a major stroke and should seek immediate medical attention. More than 40% of our stroke patients are over the age of 75, and age is a risk factor that can't be controlled. However, there are a number of other risk factors including high blood pressure, diabetes, high LDL cholesterol levels and smoking, which can be controlled with medical attention and lifestyle changes.
In the event of a stroke, our Stroke Center experts respond swiftly to help minimize damage to the brain. In addition, we offer exceptional diagnostic tools to help prevent stroke, even for patients who are at high risk.
Using the new CoolGard Technology Northridge Hospital’s team of stroke experts bring a temperature down quicker, thus preserving brain tissue. Patient benefits include less complications; a quicker, more complete recovery; and a shorter hospital stay.
The Stroke Center offers exceptional diagnostic tools to help prevent stroke even for patients who are at risk due to birth defects, trauma, un-ruptured aneurysms and other serious conditions.
To help cope with issues surrounding stroke we offer a free Stroke Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers. For more information, please call (818) 885-8500, ext. 3637.
The Stroke Rehabilitation Program at the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine is designed for patients who have had a Cerebrovascular Accident (Brain Attack). Most patients return home and are able to lead a relatively independent lifestyle.
The Program assists patients in regaining their highest level of function in communication, self-care, mobility and emotional well-being.
The Stroke Center offers advancements in treatment and rehabilitation, which have made it possible for many
stroke patients to regain optimal function and quality of life. For more information about our Stroke Center, please call (833) 623-1297, ext. 3675.
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