Stroke Care

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Nationally Recognized Stroke Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton

When you’re having a stroke, time is of the essence. This medical emergency occurs when blood is prevented from reaching part of your brain. But with early treatment, we can restore blood flow. This may prevent death and long-term disability.

At Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton, we’ve been recognized for our stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). Their “Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Award” honors hospitals that work to ensure patients receive the most appropriate stroke treatment. The AHA/ASA also recognized our commitment to helping patients receive treatment as quickly as possible.

Types of Stroke

There are several types of stroke:

  • Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel breaks, causing bleeding in your brain.
  • Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel becomes blocked. This cuts off part of the brain’s blood supply. Ischemic strokes are the most common.
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA) occurs when blood is temporarily blocked. This is called a warning stroke because it can be a sign that a more serious stroke is in your future.

Stroke Symptoms

Getting quick stroke care begins with recognizing the symptoms.

F.A.S.T. may help you identify the signs of a stroke:

Face Drooping —Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?

Arm Weakness —Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty —Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. is their speech slurred or strange?

Time to call 911 —If you observe any of these signs, call 911 right away. Note the time when any of the symptoms first appear.

Stroke Treatment

When you arrive at the emergency department, we quickly evaluate your symptoms. If we suspect a stroke, we may order imaging studies, such as a computed tomography (CT) scan or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. These tests help us determine if you’re having an ischemic stroke. If so, we decide if you’re a good candidate for the clot-busting drug Tenecteplase, (also known as TNKase or TNK). If you are, we provide the drug to reduce your chances of long-term brain damage.

For the most complex strokes, we may transfer you to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where they offer the most advanced stroke treatments.

Following your initial treatment, Rehabilitation may be an important part of your recovery.

Learn More About Tenecteplase

As a recombinant fibrin-specific plasminogen activator a TNK injection can be a very effective treatment for ischemic stroke. Here’s what you should know about the drug.

What is Tenecteplase?

Tenecteplase is a clot buster. It helps restore blood flow, which may limit or even reverse stroke side effects.

How do I get Tenecteplase?

We give Tenecteplase through an intravenous (IV) line.

When will I get Tenecteplase?

Tenecteplase is only used to treat ischemic strokes. Doctors must give it within hours of your first stroke symptoms. Getting to the hospital quickly allows us to determine which type of stroke you’re having and give you the drug quickly and safely if you are a candidate.

Alert Notice

Act Fast, Call 911

If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, act fast and call 911.