Stroke care in Aventura, Florida

As one of the only hospitals in Miami-Dade County to receive designation as a Primary Stroke Center designated by The Joint Commission and a Comprehensive Stroke Center designated by the State Agency for Health Care Administration, we are committed to providing patients diagnosed with stroke with the highest quality of care.

We treat all types of strokes, provide immediate complex neurovascular procedures and have a dedicated Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and staff trained specifically in stroke care.

For more information about stroke prevention, recovery and therapy, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (305) 682-6677.

Nationally recognized stroke center near Sunny Isles Beach

As a Primary Stroke Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center, our stroke intervention team routinely meets and surpasses the principles for stroke care by:

  • Exceeding the national average of 90 minutes for patients receiving treatment, beginning at their arrival at the ER
  • Having a dedicated neurology program made up of an neurointerventionist, neurosurgeon and neurologist who work together to identify key symptoms, diagnose patients and quickly assess treatment options to improve patient outcomes
  • Providing stroke-specific care in our Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit outfitted with specially trained nurses and staff
  • Offering an all encompassing follow-up plan of care for stroke patients

What is a stroke?

A stroke is caused by an interruption of blood flow to the brain. When blood flow is stopped for more than a few seconds, the brain cannot receive blood and oxygen. This causes brain cells to die, resulting in permanent damage.

There are two main types of stroke, including:

  • Ischemic stroke—A type of stroke that occurs when a blood clot blocks a vessel that supplies blood to the brain.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke—A type of stroke that occurs when blood leaks into the brain or a weak blood vessel that bursts open.

Stroke risk factors

A stroke can be prevented. Some conditions that may lead to stroke can be treated. The major risk factors for stroke include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Diabetes
  • Having a family history of stroke
  • High cholesterol
  • Age (55 years and older)
  • Living an unhealthy lifestyle
  • Heart disease
  • Poor circulation

Stroke symptoms

By learning the signs of a stroke and acting quickly when they occur, you can prevent disability and death. Common stroke symptoms, include sudden:

  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion
  • Trouble speaking
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes (blurred, blackened or double vision)
  • Trouble walking
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause (may be accompanied by pain in the face or stiffness in the neck)
If you think you are experiencing a stroke, don't drive. Call 911.

Stroke treatment

From the moment a stroke patient begins to receive critical care, our skilled stroke care team works together to treat the condition quickly. Some of our treatments, include:

Biplane angiography

This state-of-the-art technology enables our doctors to provide advanced stroke care and enhanced interventional radiology treatments.

Biplane angiography allows doctors to follow the path of blood flow through your vessels to create a "roadmap" for reaching and treating the precise location of disease or malformation. This noninvasive diagnostic procedure produces simultaneous, high quality images of the same area from contrasting angles.

Used in conjunction with a cone-beam computed tomography, the biplane unit can also generate real-time, 3D views that enable physicians to perform complex catheter-based vascular procedures, especially in the brain and other areas of the body with small, delicate blood vessels.

Clot retrieval system for stroke patients

The clot retrieval system allows our interventional radiologists to pull blood clots out of the brain. It is the first medical device approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to physically remove blood clots from the brains of stroke patients.

The retriever device can be used on patients who are ineligible for tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) treatment. Patients who received this treatment up to eight hours after experiencing onset symptoms have had successful results. With this advanced technology, the treatment window for stroke patients has been extended significantly.

tPA within 60 minutes

tPA within 60 Minutes is the percentage of adult patients experiencing certain types of strokes who are administered tPA (a drug that helps reduce blockage within a blood vessel) within 60 minutes of arrival at the emergency department.

  • Fastest door to treatment time with IV Alteplase in 2019— 12 Minutes
  • Median door to treatment with IV Alteplase tPA for stroke or suspected stroke patients—41 minutes (85% of the cases YTD are less than 60 minutes)

TICI response scale

Thrombolysis in Cerebral Infarction (TICI) is a graded response scale to determine the level of stroke treatment a patient has received.

The neurological care team at Aventura is committed to keeping our scores high, to ensure patients receive the best possible care.

Based on patient information from January - September 2019, the percentage of reperfusion scores of TICI 2b or greater for Aventura patients was 82 percent, ranking higher than the average of 77 percent for all hospitals across the state of Florida.

Stroke prevention clinical study

The GORE® REDUCE Clinical Study is a prospective, randomized, multi-national clinical study which seeks to research the correlation between patent foramen ovale (PFO) defects and stroke. A PFO is a hole in the upper chambers of the heart that didn't close the way it should after birth. Young patients with a PFO have been known to need stroke treatment.

The study will answer whether PFO closure using the GORE® Septal Occluder, when added to antiplatelet medical management (a group of medicines that can stop blood clots from forming), reduces the risk of recurrent stroke in patients with a PFO and a history of cryptogenic stroke compared to antiplatelet medical mangement alone.

This clinical study will also include patients who are at risk of imaging-confirmed transient ischemic attack (TIA). High risk patients include individuals with a PFO and a history of cryptogenic stroke or TIA.

If you know a patient between 18 and 59 years old who has been diagnosed with an ischemic stroke or recurrent strokes and you think they may have PFO and would be willing to participate in this study, please call our Clinical Research Department at (305) 682-7261.