Stroke is the number 4 cause of death in the U.S., and the number 1 cause of adult disability. At Health First Neurosciences, our expert and advanced approach to stroke care and treatment is one of the many way we're working to reduce the instance of stroke. And while we treat the majority of stroke cases with more traditional methods and minimally invasive options aren't right for everyone, we are the only facility in the area to use the biplane endo/angio suite, which can expand the window of time that stroke patients can be treated by up to 12 hours. (Traditionally, the window is 3-4 hours after the onset of stroke symptoms.)
Health First Neurosciences also offers a comprehensive list of alternative and more traditional treatments, including intravenous tPA (a medication that dissolves blood clots and is administered through an IV), which is most commonly the first choice in stroke treatment when given within three hours after the onset of stroke systems.
While treatment methods differ by the individual needs of the patient, patients can take comfort in knowing that our team will be there when you need them. And if need be, so is our life-saving biplane endo/angio suite technology.
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How does this operating suite help save lives and prevent brain damage?
It allows patients to be treated after the window of safety for traditional stroke treatments, including intravenous tPA, has passed. And by providing real-time three-dimensional image guidance, it helps the interventional neurologist see exactly where the catheter-based clot retrieval device needs to go, and further ensures that no areas of blood clots are overlooked. It even eliminates the need to transfer patients to another room for scanning during the procedure
What Is A Stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops, depriving the brain of the blood and oxygen it needs. Also known as a "brain attack", a stroke can cause a large number of brain cells to die, which can result in permanent disability and death. If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, it is imperative to call 9-1-1 or seek medical attention immediately.
An aneurysm is the abnormal bulging of an artery cause by weakness in the vessel wall. As the aneurysm grows, it often results in symptoms such as severe headaches and nausea. And if left untreated, it can potentially rupture, resulting in severe disability, cognitive loss, and death.
In addition to the early detection and diagnosis of aneurysms, Health First Neurosciences provides a variety of traditional and cutting-edge techniques for the treatment of aneurysms. This includes surgical clipping, endovascular coiling, and endovascular embolization.
Plus, our interventional neuroradiologists are the only two in Brevard and Indian River counties to provide minimally invasive endovascular surgery on brain aneurysm repair. And patients can take comfort in knowing that our team is available 24/7 in the event of a ruptured aneurysm or other medical emergency.
In addition to cutting-edge treatments for stroke and aneurysms, Health First Neurosciences specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various other chronic brain conditions. This includes:
Plus, since our team and facility are available 24/7, patients can take comfort in knowing that we'll be on call to respond to any complications or emergency needs.
Health First Neurosciences has two doctors who are fellowship trained in diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology. They are also the only two doctors in Brevard and Indian River counties to provide minimally invasive endovascular surgery on brain aneurysm repair. Contact us today for more information.