A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain. It is sometimes called a "brain attack". Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, which occurs more frequently in men. Ischemic stroke, the most common type, results from clogged arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis. Fatty deposits collect on the wall of the arteries, forming a sticky substance called plaque. Over time, the plaque builds up, causing the blood to flow abnormally and form a clot. A clot that stays in place in the brain is called a cerebral thrombus. A clot that breaks loose and moves through the bloodstream to the brain is called a cerebral embolism. This is often caused by an irregular heartbeat, called atrial fibrillation. High blood pressure is the number one reason for a stroke. The risk is also increased by age, family history, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Other risks include alcohol consumption, excess body weight, illicit drug use, and sleep disorders.
Florida Hospital Brain Attack Network
The Neuroscience Institute's Brain Attack Center, developed in 2001, is a comprehensive stroke network, offering a full continuum of care. An interdisciplinary team consisting of neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, registered nurses, therapists (occupational, physical, & speech), technicians and case managers work together to provide care specific to the needs of stroke patients. The network consists of seven Florida Hospital locations throughout Central Florida with the Orlando Comprehensive Stroke Center as the flagship campus. Florida Hospital Altamonte and Florida Hospital East Orlando are designated Primary Stroke Centers. All seven locations have televideo technology in their emergency departments to effectively treat stroke patients.
The Brain Attack Network at Florida Hospital is led by a team of stroke specialists. In addition, Florida Hospital offers the only 24/7 interventional neuroradiology coverage in Central Florida, providing minimally invasive treatment for stroke victims. Through the Brain Attack Network, we can offer access to these stroke specialists, thereby improving patient outcomes and overall quality of life.
To learn more about stroke and the advanced treatments being provided, contact us.