What happens at the hospital when a patient has stroke symptoms?

When a stroke occurs, every second counts. It’s essential to get to an emergency room as soon as possible so treatment can begin right away. Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center , which means our treatment program has met strict requirements set by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association regarding the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. We are the first facility in Ventura County to earn this distinction and provide life-saving care for patients across the area through a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers. Take a look behind the scenes at what happens when you go to the hospital with stroke symptoms.

Stroke alert
When a patient is experiencing stroke symptoms, the members of our stroke care team receive an alert. This lets them know that emergency stroke care is necessary, so that they immediately assemble in the ER to treat the patient.

The stroke alert will reach our team if patients arrive in the emergency room with symptoms or if they call 911 and come to the hospital by ambulance. The hospital communicates continually with EMS while a patient is en route.

Assessment
The stroke team will determine if the patient is having a stroke, and if he or she is having an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke. As stated in the video, this information is essential to determining a treatment plan.

To make an accurate diagnosis, the healthcare team may use these tests:

  • Physical exam

  • CT scan or MRI

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    Cerebral angiography

  • Blood tests

  • Carotid duplex

  • Heart monitor

Treatment
As soon as a diagnosis is made, treatment can begin. The initial treatment depends on the type of stroke and how long the stroke has been occurring and may include medication, surgery, or a combination of the two.

After the initial treatment, patients will be referred for rehabilitation and other aftercare services as needed to help with their recoveries.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has extensive services to provide care at every stage of a stroke, from our emergency room to our neuroendovascular program and Neuro ICU. Call 911 or come to our hospital in Thousand Oaks when stroke symptoms occur, or call (877) 888-5746 to learn more about our Comprehensive Stroke Center distinction.

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