Stroke treatment in Tamarac, Florida

University Hospital and Medical Center is a Certified Primary Stroke Center as designated by The Joint Commission. Our emergency physicians work closely with local emergency medical services (EMS) to deliver brain-saving care within the critical three hours following initial stroke symptoms.

If you believe someone is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Comprehensive stroke care

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. Getting immediate attention from a specialized stroke care team can dramatically increase the chances of survival and recovery for a person experiencing a stroke.

If you notice any of the stroke symptoms below, seek emergency care right away.

  • Sudden confusion
  • Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arms or legs, especially on one side of the body

Evidence shows that timely stroke treatment from a skilled team can greatly increase the chances of recovery.

Our stroke team—consisting of emergency medicine physicians, nurses, and neurologists—is specifically trained to treat a stroke. When a patient arrives at our stroke center, a physical exam and tests are conducted to determine the type of stroke a patient has experienced. The most common types of stroke are ischemic stroke (a blockage of blood from a clot), and hemorrhagic stroke (caused by an erupted artery).

Depending on the diagnosis, our specialists at the stroke center are equipped to take quick action to help minimize the effects of a stroke on the patient.

Stroke care team

As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, our physicians have demonstrated that the program follows national standards and guidelines to significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

The following specialists at University Hospital and Medical Center provide prompt, comprehensive stroke treatment:

  • Neurologists
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • A quality manager
  • Rehabilitation therapists
  • ER physicians
  • Bedside nurses

As part of our commitment to provide the community with the best possible stroke care, our stroke team is on-site 24 hours a day.

Neurosurgery program

The neurosurgery program at University Hospital and Medical Center brings together the collaborative efforts and experience of highly skilled physician specialists, nurses, technologists and other neurological health professionals.

The comprehensive program offers patients with neurological disorders a full range services, such as:

  • Neurological diagnostics
  • Medical and surgical procedures
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Preventive care
  • Support services

Diagnosing nervous system conditions

Detailed images are key to accurately screening and treating brain and nervous system conditions that may result from a stroke. Our advanced diagnostic tests include:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)