Advanced Treatments for Acute Stroke
The Mount Sinai Stroke Center, one of the first multidisciplinary stroke centers of its kind, was established in 1988 and continues to pioneer new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of stroke. The Center, which includes both a patient care and a research component, brings together the expertise of specialists in many different areas to provide our patients with the benefit of a collaborative team approach. The team includes vascular neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, emergency medicine and rehabilitation specialists, nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers and case managers, a dedicated clinical nursing staff, stroke center coordinator, data research analyst, and a clinical research coordinator.
The Mount Sinai Stroke Center offers advanced treatments for stroke that can significantly improve a patient’s chances for an optimal recovery, including:
- Intravenous alteplase ("tPA"): The clot-busting medication for acute ischemic stroke.
- Endovascular (intra-arterial) vessel recanalization: State-of-the-art devices are used to dissolve or remove a clot and improve blood flow to the affected brain area.
- Embolization for brain aneurysms: Brain aneurysms are weakened areas of the arterial wall that may rupture causing a subarachnoid hemorrhage. During embolization, the aneurysm is packed with detachable coils so that it no longer fills with blood.
- Aneurysm clipping: This involves placement of a surgical clip around the neck of a brain aneurysm to prevent blood from flowing into it.