A stroke is a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment. Seeking immediate medical attention can help you minimize brain damage and other complications. Through the Stroke Center at the Northwell Health Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, we offer a vast network of New York state-designated stroke centers that are committed to excellence and quality in stroke care and services.
Within Northwell Health, there are 14 New York State Department of Health-designated stroke centers throughout Long Island, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and Westchester. These centers ensure the continuous transmission of research and technical advances in stroke treatment directly to the patients and communities we serve.
Receiving treatment at a state-designated stroke center can mean the difference between life and death. Using medications like tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), known as a “clot-buster,” help our stroke teams improve the outcome of stroke patients. tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability when given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms.Patients with very large strokes due to large vessel occlusion (LVO) diagnosed within eight hours may be candidates for treatments using intra-arterial thrombolysis or clot-removal devices, both of which are aggressive and effective treatments not widely available.
In addition to our world-renowned medical and surgical stroke neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuro-interventionalists, the center brings together supporting physicians in other specialties and healthcare professionals including:
- Critical care specialists
- Emergency medicine doctors
- Nurses and nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Speech therapists
We actively train all stroke team members and educate emergency medical technicians to quickly recognize when someone is having a stroke so they can receive the medical attention they need as quickly as possible.
Patients who come in through our emergency rooms are quickly examined and given priority in all testing and diagnosis. Within minutes of a stroke code, our team performs a full patient assessment, rushes the patient to CT/MRI imaging and develops a treatment plan. After the initial treatment, patients are monitored around the clock for neurological changes.
Some of emergency departments at Northwell Health utilize Telestroke. Telestroke allows for 24/7 coverage by a team that includes neurologists that have specialized stroke training to assist emergency departments in the assessment and treatment of stroke patients. Learn more.