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Advanced Primary Stroke Center at UPMC Hamot

Stroke patients need care - fast. The quicker a stroke patient receives treatment, the more likely he or she will have a successful recovery, which is why it matters where you go for stroke care.

About Our Center

A recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus award​, UPMC Hamot is also certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

UPMC Hamot offers advanced stroke treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing round-the-clock access to neurosurgery, neurointerventional radiology, and neurology services, as well as specially trained neuro critical care nurses, rehabilitation services, and follow up care.

UPMC Hamot is also the only endovascular capable center in the region, offering endovascular clot retrieval therapy for acute ischemic stroke​ 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Types of Stroke

  • Ischemic stroke – When a clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke – When a blood vessel in the brain ruptures, or when a brain aneurysm ruptures.​
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA) – A transient episode of neurologic dysfunction caused by lack of blood flow to the brain, spinal cord, or eye, without the damage associated with a complete stroke. A TIA may be considered a warning sign that a stroke will occur.

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Treatment for stroke is dependent on rapid diagnosis of the stroke type and then the rapid delivery of care to salvage tissue at risk, prevent complications related to stroke, restore function (limit disability), while closely monitoring recovery, determining stroke cause and secondary prevention. Additional treatments include:

  • Injection of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator, the gold-standard in ischemic stroke care utilizing a drug designed to break apart the clot
  • Endovascular clot removal, mechanical disruption or removal of the clot using specialized endovascular approaches
  • Medical management in our specialized intensive care unit with dedicated and highly trained staff
  • Neurosurgical intervention to remove blood from within the skull cavity, reduce intracranial pressure or decompress injured tissue
  • Endovascular embolization of brain aneurysms
  • Endovascular embolization of arteriovenous malformations
  • Endovascular embolization of dural arteriovenous fistulas
  • Microsurgical clipping of brain aneurysms
  • Microsurgical resection of arteriovenous malformations
  • Microsurgical resection of dural arteriovenous fistulas
  • Carotid endarterectomy (for carotid stenosis)
  • Endovascular angioplasty with stenting (for carotid stenosis)

The Stroke Team

Because stroke touches many disciplines, we have a team of dedicated experts caring for our stroke patients. Our team members, who interact with both the patient and family members, include:

  • Neurohospitalist
  • Vascular/Stroke Neurologist
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neurointerventionalist (comprised of interventional neurology and interventional neuroradiology)
  • Neuroradiologist
  • Stroke Nurses
  • Care Managers
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapist

Stroke and TIA Bridge Clinic

After our stroke patients are discharged from the hospital, we continue to provide follow up care through our Bridge Clinic. The clinic, which is intended for both stroke and TIA patients, bridges the gap between the hospital and home by providing both evaluation and support. Our specialists help place patients on the right path for preventing another stroke or TIA and assist with any physical or emotional problems that may occur after stroke.​​​​​​

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