An ischemic stroke (the most common type) happens when a blood vessel that feeds the brain gets blocked, usually from a blood clot or a piece of arterial plaque shutting off the blood supply to a part of the brain, causing brain cell death. The brain then can’t work properly, and neither can the part of the body it controls, like the ability to walk or talk. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel within the brain bursts, often the result of uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Why Choose UHealth?
One of the largest stroke programs in the country. Stroke experts at the University of Miami Health System were the first to demonstrate that stem cells released into distant arteries or veins travel to the site of a stroke in the brain to help magnify the body’s healing.
Multidisciplinary care by recognized specialists in their fields. In complex cases, stroke care may require the services of a cardiothoracic surgeon, an interventional cardiologist, a lung specialist, a diabetes specialist and a geneticist. Your doctors talk to each other and make sure all specialties involved in your care are on-board with a unified treatment plan.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of serious, long-term, adult disability. Each year, over 700,000 people have a stroke; 75% of these are first attacks. Knowing the warning signs and acting quickly are our best defenses against Stroke.