Our neurologists, emergency physicians, and specially trained nurses are always ready to stop a stroke in its tracks.
Memorial Health University Medical Center's award-winning stroke treatment program includes community education, leading-edge treatment, and telemedicine services.
When a stroke occurs, every second lost can result in lost brain function. It's vital to recognize the warning signs and act quickly.
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or legs, often on just one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion accompanied by trouble speaking and/or understanding speech.
- Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes.
- Sudden dizziness, lack of balance, and trouble walking.
- Sudden severe headache
If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Our stroke team consists of neurologists, emergency-trained physicians, and specially trained nurses. They are prepared to quickly evaluate stroke patients and begin immediate treatment. Our stroke team includes the physicians at Savannah Neurology Specialists.
If the team determines a patient is having an ischemic stroke (caused when a blood clot plugs an artery in the brain), the neurologist may decide to use a drug called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. If administered within three hours of the first stroke symptoms, tPA can break up the clot and restore blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to the brain. For hemorrhagic stroke, we were the first in the region to offer the breakthrough Apollo System, a minimally invasive tool that can remove blood clots deep in the brain.
We offer support for our patients throughout the rehabilitation process.