Stroke is a medical emergency. Getting treatment can lessen the effects of a stroke and disability, but in order to be evaluated and treated, stroke victims need to get to the hospital as soon as they experience symptoms. Being treated within three to six hours of a stroke at a hospital with a stroke team provides the best chance to minimize long-term effects of stroke.
The OSU Stroke Center offers quality around-the-clock treatment by experienced medical professionals who are specifically trained in stroke care. Our team of specialists is always on-call and ready. Learn if you are at risk of a stroke through our Risk Assessment Quiz.
When a stroke patient arrives at the hospital, our team of specialists treats stroke promptly by delivering the latest and most advanced drug treatments – like tPA, which dissolves the clot (blockage) and restores blood flow in ischemic stroke cases. When this treatment is initiated during the first six hours of a stroke’s onset, it can save lives, improve the outcome of stroke, and a patient’s quality of life afterward.
Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center has been awarded the advanced certification for designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. As one of the first 26 centers in the country to achieve this status, Ohio State’s Comprehensive Stroke Center offers a high level of care for patients with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease. Only two other Ohio hospitals have achieved this elite status.
Ohio State’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is also a part of an elite group of hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus award winner. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
Our stroke rehabilitation program at OSU Dodd Hall is consistently ranked among the top ten rehabilitation centers for stroke in the country.