The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Stroke Center treats patients who have had strokes and TIAs (transient ischemic attacks). TIAs produce stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage; about 20 percent of patients who have a TIA will have a stroke within a month.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel becomes blocked by a clot or bursts, interrupting blood flow to the brain. Deprived of oxygen and nutrients, the brain begins to die, resulting in disability or death.
The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Stroke Center provides:
- Emergency stroke treatments at both its New Britain General and Bradley Memorial campuses.
- Education for hospital inpatients and the community on stroke risk factors and warning signs.
- Coordination of rehabilitation services for stroke patients to ensure continuity of care for stroke patients.
Rehabilitation services include physical, occupational and speech therapy, Care Coordination/Continuing Care, food and nutrition services and a variety of hospital wellness programs that can help with lifestyle changes.
The Stroke Center provides education for hospital inpatients and the community on preventing strokes by identifying risk factors.
The hospital's Stroke Center educates the community and hospital inpatients on identifying stroke symptoms.
Hospital specialists who treat stroke include emergency physicians, cardiologists, interventional radiologists, neuro-, vascular and general surgeons, neurologists, and hospitalists.