University of Maryland and the entire state of Maryland owe a tremendous debt to these men and women for demonstrating the importance of the critical timing in transporting stroke patients.
The University of Maryland Brain Attack Center works in collaboration with community hospitals to provide advanced care to Stroke Patients.
Maryland Express Care provides immediate transportation of stroke patients requiring advanced monitoring intervention while being transferred to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Emergency physicians, critical care nurses, paramedics and certified emergency medical technicians are ready to help patients throughout the state of Maryland
Ruth Junious received immediate treatment with t-PA. As a result, she has made a full recovery.
Preventing or reducing the amount of brain damage requires immediate treatment during a brain attack. The critical window of opportunity for treatment is as brief as six hours, therefore the earlier treatment begins, the greater the possibility of limiting or reversing brain damage and preventing serious and permanent disability.
New clot dissolving drugs are the most promising of the new treatments available
at the University of Maryland Brain Attack Center. Tissue plasminogen activator,
or t-PA can be given intravenously or injected directly into a clot. This treatment
can restore blood flow to the brain reducing or reversing stroke symptoms.
Medical advancements have positioned radiologists on the cutting edge of technology, enhancing their ability to assist the treatment team in caring for stroke patients. For example, an angiography reveals the source of stroke on computer monitors, helping physicians pinpoint the exact location of a thrombus, aneurysm or vascular malformation.