If you or your loved one is brought to Dixie Regional Medical Center because of a stroke, you can rest assured you will receive the best possible care. We offer a full spectrum of specialized care that includes neurocritical care
through to acute care, acute rehabilitation
and outpatient therapy
Speed is the key. Our team of specialists have developed processes that shorten the time it takes to diagnose and treat a stroke. As soon as a stroke patient arrives in the emergency department at Dixie Regional, our stroke team springs into action to give each patient the needed imaging, testing and medications as fast as possible. A quick diagnosis and treatment can mean less long-term damage and lives saved.
Treatments during and after an ischemic stroke
- Aspirin is administered immediately after an ischemic stroke because the drug prevents blood clots from forming. Other blood-thinning drugs may also be given.
- Intra-venous (IV) tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is medication that can quickly dissolve a blood clot so it stops blocking the blood flow to your brain. This “clot-busting” medication is put into your blood vessel in the first few hours after stroke symptoms appear. For tPA to have the best chance to work, it's vital to get to the hospital as soon as possible after stroke symptoms occur — every second counts. There are some risks to using tPA, so your doctor will help you understand if this medication is right for you.
- Intra-arterial tPA is a procedure that puts tPA directly into the blood vessel that has a clot. A doctor inserts a small catheter (tube) into an artery, usually in your groin, and threads it to the problem area. Medication is then delivered at the site of the clot.
- Clot retrieving devices can remove a clot from a blocked blood vessel. A doctor inserts a catheter into your blood vessel through the skin in your groin. The catheter has a special device on the end. The doctor guides the catheter up through the blood vessel until it reaches the blood clot that’s blocking blood flow to your brain. There the doctor uses the device to get the clot, removing it from your brain as the catheter is pulled back out the way it came.
Treatments during and after a hemorrhagic stroke
Treatment of hemorrhagic stroke focuses on controlling bleeding and reducing pressure on the brain. Some ways this is done:
- You may be given medications to lower pressure in your brain, lower blood pressure or prevent seizures. People having a hemorrhagic stroke should not receive clot busting drugs like aspirin because these drugs may worsen bleeding.
- Our neurosurgeons and neurointerventionalists are trained in offered a variety of treatments for homorrhagic stroke, including surgical and non-surgical options. We can perform aneurysm clipping, blood vessel repair, and even in rare cases remove a part of the skull to alleviate complications from swelling of the brain. Learn more at our neurointervention site.
Recovering from a stroke
In the inpatient cardiovascular and stroke recovery unit on the first floor of Dixie Regional Medical Center's River Road Campus, there is a heavy emphasis on patient and family education as well as early physical, occupational and speech therapy. The goal on this unit is to get patients stable and ready to move to a rehabilitation setting, whether inpatient or outpatient. The unit is staffed by providers and nurses who are trained in managing stroke patients and helping them recover quickly.
The Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Dixie Regional Medical Center's 400 East Campus provides inpatient rehabilitation services focused on preparing stroke patients to return home. Team members — including specialists in rehabilitation medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, rehabilitation nursing, and neuropsychology — have specialized training and certification in the rehabilitation field. The unit has an interdisciplinary approach focused on helping each patient return to their regular daily life quickly. The average length of stay for stroke patients on the unit is 14.6 days with over 65 percent of patients going directly home after discharge. Visit the Acute Rehab website
to learn more. We also offer outpatient therapy to support patients after their discharge either from the CV unit or Acute Rehab.