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Stroke Center

Joint Commission gold seal

The University of Chicago Medicine is a Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, nationally recognized for its expertise in providing the highest level of care for stroke patients.

Here, a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurointensive care specialists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, advanced practice nurses, therapists and other experts provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic care for people with the following disorders:

  • Ischemic stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA or "mini-stroke")
  • Critical narrowing or blockages of brain blood vessels
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage and aneurysms
  • Vascular malformations of the brain, including cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM)
  • Vascular tumors of the brain and head/neck region
  • Venous occlusions such as dural sinus thrombosis and cortical vein thrombosis

Our goal is to provide comprehensive, individualized care that will help our patients recover to achieve the best quality of life possible.

Comprehensive Treatment

Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. There are two kinds of stroke, and treatment varies according to type:

  • Ischemic stroke, caused by a blood clot or plaque that blocks a blood vessel in the brain. Most strokes are this type.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts in the brain.

At the University of Chicago, our stroke experts provide the full range of treatments for stroke -- from emergency clot-busting medicines or procedures to dissolve or remove clots during ischemic stroke, to minimally invasive surgical procedures to control bleeding from a hemorrhagic stroke.
Ongoing treatment is tailored to the needs of each patient, depending upon the type and severity of the stroke, as well as factors such as age and co-existing medical conditions. Our patients benefit from being cared for by specialized experts who can effectively treat the stroke and recommend an optimal plan to help prevent any subsequent stroke.

Certified Stroke Center

The University of Chicago Stroke Center has been recognized by as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the major national hospital accreditation o. This designation is considered a "Gold Seal of Approval" and recognizes the exceptional efforts of the University of Chicago Stroke Center team to provide advanced care according to the latest stroke treatment standards, and to strive for continuous improvement in care. The Stroke Center has achieved the “Gold Plus” award from the American Heart Association (AHA).

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke iconThe American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving 85 percent or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Achievement Measures and 75% compliance with 5 or more Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Measures for 2 or more consecutive years to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

As a recognized Comprehensive Stroke Center, the University of Chicago Medicine has all the critical elements to deliver high-quality medical care to achieve the best long-term outcomes for people affected by stroke. In addition, our unique expertise in neurointensive care differentiates us from other stroke centers and allows our team to provide exceptional care to patients with brain hemorrhages, and other life-threatening severe strokes.

Advanced Stroke Care Facilities

Our patients are cared for in designated stroke units equipped with the latest medical technology for stroke care. This includes our neurointensive care unit, one of the most reputable clinical programs in this field in the country.

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Around-the-Clock Care

Our team is always available for rapid evaluation and treatment of patients with stroke and other cerebrovascular problems. The University of Chicago Medicine is one of the few major medical centers in the region with an acute stroke care team that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Physicians at the University of Chicago Medicine perform carotid endarterectomy, as well as carotid stent procedures on the most complex patients with excellent outcomes. The combined stroke and death rate for 2013 - 2014 was 2.6%.

Ongoing Research

The cornerstone of being a Comprehensive Stroke Center is a dedication to evidence-based medicine. Altogether, our experts are involved in a wide range of stroke research projects--from studies of new medicines to prevent stroke to developing advanced surgical procedures to improve blood flow to the brain after stroke. In addition, our team maintains a stroke registry in an effort to track patients' progress and to improve best practices for stroke care.