Services we Offer at the Stroke Center
Diagnosis. Treatment. Support.
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We're here to help. For more information or meeting times, call the Tully Health Center staff at 203.276.2000.
The Stamford Health Stroke Center recognizes individual needs of each patient so we can provide personalized, compassionate care. If we do suspect stroke, our team becomes involved rapidly, performing tests to determine the exact type, location, and cause. We also work to rule out any other possible disorders.
Here’s what you can expect from diagnosis all the way through support:
Prevention & Screenings
It all starts with education.
The Stamford Health Stroke Center conducts many community screenings at employee health fairs, churches, senior centers and other venues. These screenings help identify individuals who have certain risk factors for stroke. Some root causes and risk factors can include:
We aim to educate the public on the impact these risk factors can have on their health. If we determine an individual to be at risk, we can refer him or her to an appropriate specialist at Stamford Health.
To help determine the type of stroke you might have, we use tools such as:
- Acute CT scan and CT angiography
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Ultrasound of the carotid artery CT angiography
These tests allow us to determine if there are blockages in blood vessels of the neck or brain. A primary focus in the early stages after a stroke is to determine why the stroke happened in the first place. If the root cause can be found and treated, it increases the chances of preventing a secondary (additional) stroke. That’s also in part why we make sure all patients with stroke routinely undergo cardiac monitoring.
Our Stroke Center can provide tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a “clot-busting” drug, to patients with stroke caused by a blockage. If administered within 4 ½ hours of stroke onset, blood flow to the brain can help be restored and symptoms can be improved. To receive this treatment, patients must be evaluated as soon as possible. If stroke symptoms are present, call 911 immediately.
We are committed to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities resulting from any stroke. Our Van Munching inpatient rehabilitation program is designed to help patients regain independent movement and the abilities needed to perform daily activities. Our medical and neurologic staff continues to monitor their progress every step of the way. Because of our belief in the importance of continuity of care, we make sure patients see the same neurologist during their inpatient treatment.
We know and understand that sometimes, life after a stroke isn’t the same for patients and their loved ones. That’s why we offer an outpatient support group at Tully Health Center, and welcome everyone whose lives have been affected. It can make a world of difference to meet and talk with others who share this experience.