What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain suddenly decreases or stops due to a blocked or burst blood vessel. When oxygen-rich blood cannot reach your brain, tissue may become damaged, and within minutes, millions of brain cells can die. Quick and proper treatment can prevent additional brain cells from being damaged, and in the case of a severe stroke, it can mean the difference between life and death.
Florida Hospital Brain Attack Network
The Neuroscience Institute's Brain Attack Center, developed in 2001, is a comprehensive stroke network, offering a full continuum of care. An interdisciplinary team consisting of neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, registered nurses, therapists (occupational, physical, & speech), technicians and case managers work together to provide care specific to the needs of stroke patients. The network consists of seven Florida Hospital locations throughout Central Florida with the Orlando Comprehensive Stroke Center as the flagship campus. Florida Hospital Altamonte, Florida Hospital Celebration Health, Florida Hospital East Orlando, Florida Hospital Kissimmee, and Winter Park Memorial Hospital are designated Primary Stroke Centers. All seven locations feature televideo technology that enables a stroke-specialized neurologist to assess a patient's condition effectively in 15 minutes or less and treat rapidly with clot-busting medication.