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Stroke Unit

The Stroke Unit based at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital is an acute neurological section providing specialist services to people who recently have a new suspected stroke, affecting the areas of the brain. The specially designated unit is committed to providing state-of-the-art emergency care to stroke cases in order to preserve brain cells, save lives and improve recovery. Our stroke unit also provides high-end therapy, education, and support to patients to help regain functionality and quality of life.

Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked or ruptured. This results in brain cell death as the cells in the brain are unable to survive without a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients. The death of brain cells affects the functionality of the brain and leads to possible impairments with speech, memory, thinking, movement, and other bodily functions. In most severe cases it can lead to paralysis or even death.

According to the studies, stroke is considered as the fourth leading cause of death, after diseases of the heart, lungs, and all forms of cancer. We have a multidisciplinary team of expert stroke neurologists, emergency physicians, intensivists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, physiotherapist, who focus on providing acute care and rehabilitation to stroke patients. Our unit is well equipped with advanced facilities helping the doctor to identify the type of stroke the patient has had, and possible reasons for the stroke. We also have dedicated neuro ICU. The Unit follows a comprehensive patient-centric approach to develop a comprehensive treatment plan with the goal of significantly improving the chances of a patient to prevent or recover optimally, from a stroke.

Our tertiary care centre handles most complex cases of stroke and other emergencies under one roof. We have an emergency response code- “Code White,” that is announced to handle the emergency for Patients with Stroke. The code is activated in Accident and Emergency (A & E) Department, MRI Department & Critical Care Unit (CCU) with the objective of treating the patient within the Golden hour for best clinical outcomes. In this Code white the patient with Stroke symptoms are assessed immediately by clinicians, patient transferred to MRI section for investigations & transferred to

  • CCU for Thrombolysis
  • CCU / Cath lab for Mechanical Thrombectomy

The team immediately starts with the first step of rapid and accurate diagnosis of the type of stroke and severity by using the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, which include:

  • MRI
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
  • CT scan
  • CT Angiography (CTA)
  • Cerebral angiogram (is a procedure done to investigate various abnormalities of the blood vessels in the brain)

When it comes to treating ischemic stroke, every single second counts. We at the unit offer instant treatment to a stroke victim and help in minimising long-term brain injuries. Stroke treatments are dependent on the type of stroke that is occurring: ischemic or hemorrhagic. Therefore, we offer a fast-acting treatment plan based on the unique medical needs of the patient and help them recover faster and improve their quality of life. The emergency treatments offered at the unit for stroke depends upon the type of stroke the patient is experiencing. The treatment options for the most common kinds of stroke include:

Ischemic Stroke (blocking an artery)

  • Emergency Medication treatment
    • Intravenous injection of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)

NSSH takes the pride to state that we thrombolysis all our eligible patients within 60 minutes – golden hour; they have shown excellent results. American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) 2018 Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke are followed. The therapeutic outcome of thrombolytic therapy is best if done during the immediate minutes after the onset of symptoms as per guidelines.

We have done training of Emergency Medical Officers, Residents, and Staff for quick diagnosis of stroke symptoms and further treatment.

  • Emergency endovascular procedures
    • Medications delivered directly to the brain
    • Removing the clot with a stent retriever
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Angioplasty and stents

Haemorrhagic Stroke (involves bleeding into the brain)

  • SAH (secondary to a rupture of aneurysm)
  • Intracranial bleed
  • Treatment of aneurysm
    • Coiling (endovascular embolization)
    • Surgical clipping

After identifying the cause of intracranial bleed, disorders such as AVM are treated by endovascular embolization or surgical excision.

Rehabilitation

Our comprehensive Rehabilitation Program helps stroke survivors to get back to a normal life after a severe brain injury/damage. We help patients to relearn skills that are lost after an injury or damage to the brain and teach them new ways for performing tasks to compensate or circumvent for any residual disabilities.

The most important element of our rehabilitation program is a strong consensus among our rehabilitation experts to offer well-focused, carefully directed, repetitive practices and therapies, which involve physiotherapy for passive and active movements, speech therapy for better communication, etc. We also have a team of psychiatrist, psychologist, and neurologist that strives to offer the most comprehensive services for the betterment of the stroke survivors.

Stroke prevalence country-wide has been increasing every year. Hence, for the advancement of the patients and provide secure healthcare facilities, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital has boosted stroke diagnosis and treatment to world-class levels.

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If you think you are facing similar conditions, or have suffered from them in the past, please contact the Nanavati team to schedule an appointment at : +91 22 2626 7500

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