Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. They are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability.
A stroke occurs when the brain doesn’t receive oxygen and nutrients due to a blood clot or a blood vessel rupture.
Enloe Medical Center’s Stroke Program provides patients with rapid treatments to help improve chances of recovery. Patients receive personalized stroke education and a strategy to help prevent future strokes.
Enloe’s Stroke Care program has been recognized as a Healthgrades 5-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 2022.
Enloe earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center.
We also received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association in 2022, and the Gold Plus Achievement Award in 2020.
These awards recognize Enloe’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care. Learn about these awards.
Diagnosis, Treatment & Recovery
Our comprehensive team works together for the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of stroke.
Diagnosing a Stroke
Diagnosing a stroke takes into account a patient’s medical history, physical exam and testing. Enloe offers a full range of diagnostic tests and services to assist with recovery.
Urgent Computed Tomography (CT)
Scanning of the brain is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for rapid diagnosis of both hemorrhagic (bleeding) and ischemic (blood vessel blockage) strokes.
This fast and non-invasive test helps doctors visualize the blood flow in the blood vessels to locate abnormalities in order to plan emergency treatments. Such tools are extremely important for implementing modern “clot-busting” therapies for stroke.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology
Enloe patients have access to the latest in MRI technology, including sensitive Diffusion Imaging and MR Angiography.
Diffusion Imaging is a powerful technique for detecting even the smallest strokes in the brain, ones that were previously invisible on standard MRI and CT images. Our open MRI technology produces high-resolution images of the brain and provides a comfortable experience for patients.
Ultrasound Diagnostic Services
Enloe has a wide range of ultrasound diagnostic services, including carotid ultrasonography and echocardiography. Specialized, sensitive echocardiograms are increasingly being used to identify heart abnormalities that may lead to stroke. Combined, these powerful diagnostic techniques give doctors valuable information that can help prevent a recurrent stroke.
Treatment for Stroke
If you think you’re having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Fast treatment can prevent or reduce disability.
Patients who arrive at Enloe shortly after the start of their stroke may be candidates to receive “clot-busting” treatments that help open blocked blood vessels and restore blood flow to the brain.
Additionally, patients may be candidates for endovascular therapy. During this procedure a stent is utilized to remove a clot from an artery within the brain.
Emergency physicians and neurologists quickly assess the patient and expedite CT scanning and blood tests to determine eligibility for these treatments, known as thrombolytics.
Stroke patients at Enloe have access to some of the latest medical and surgical techniques for acute stroke treatment and prevention. Our team provides a wide range of specialty and primary care services, including emergency medicine, internal medicine, critical care medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, vascular surgery and cardiology.
Stroke Recovery & Education
Enloe has an inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Center that helps stroke patients in their recovery. This is an extremely important link in the chain of recovery after a stroke.
In addition, Enloe HomeCare serves patients at home. We also have stroke education programs for the public, our patients and local professionals. This includes our Stroke Support Group.