The Tulane Stroke Program specializes in the treatment of acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and in the prevention of stroke through education, medical therapy, and evaluation of vascular disease. If you arrive to Tulane with signs and symptoms of an acute stroke, you will be seen by a stroke doctor in less than 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Tulane Stroke Program is certified by the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the first in Orleans Parish. This means that we have proved to a national accreditation body that we consistently meet and/or surpass national standardized guidelines for the care of stroke patients. The American Heart Association has awarded the Tulane Medical Center Stroke Program with its “Gold Plus” recognition, and Tulane is the first in state to receive the Target: Stroke Honor Roll - Elite Plus award. This the highest achievement awarded from the American Heart Association.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in America….A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body and brain) or an artery breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these events occur, brain cells begin to die and damage occurs.
When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. These abilities can include speech, movement, vision, coordination and memory. How a stroke patient is affected depends on what part of the brain is damaged and how much of the brain is affected.
Services & Treatments
- Medical therapies for treating and preventing stroke
- 24/7 access to a Stroke doctor
- 24/7 access to a Neurosurgeon
- 24/7 Advanced imaging
- Advanced neurosurgical and vascular surgical techniques for stroke including carotid stenting, carotid endarterectomy, and aneurysm clipping
- 24/7 Endovascular intervention for emergent thrombectomy and treatment of ruptured aneurysms
- Non-emergent endovascular procedures including diagnostic angiography and treatment of non-ruptured aneurysms
- Interventional neuroradiologic procedures for stroke patients
- Potential to participate in groundbreaking clinical research studies
- Dedicated Stroke Prevention and Recovery Clinic
- Rehabilitation services
- Free Stroke Survivors Support Group