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Treatment Information

The Stroke Center is a nationally-recognized center that provides treatment and care for patients affected by strokes. The Center offers complete treatment beginning with emergency medical care required the instant a stroke occurs, to the rehabilitation and care required in the aftermath of a stroke.

The Center also has its Joint Commission Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center, making it the first facility to achieve this certification in San Bernardino, Riverside, Mono and Inyo Counties. The certification means that patients can expect:

•    Early assessment of stroke symptoms
•    Rapid diagnosis and treatment
•    Individualized stroke prevention and stroke treatment plans
•    Comprehensive rehabilitation and physical medicine services


Treatment Options

The Stroke Center offers treatment for patients affected by strokes. The two most common types of strokes are:

•    Ischemic strokes: These strokes occur when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked by a clot.

•    Hemorrhagic strokes: These strokes occur when a blood vessel in the brain bursts causing blood to leak into the brain.

Strokes occur suddenly and without warning.  Immediate medical attention is absolutely essential to saving lives as well as minimizing the impact of a stroke. 

Treatment Approach

LLUMC recognizes that each ‘patient’ is an individual, first and foremost. Consequently, the treatment that our patients receive must be specific to their individual needs.

At the Stroke Center a wide range of healthcare providers  from neurologists, rehabilitation specialists, speech therapists and psychologists work in multidisciplinary teams to create treatment plans specific to each individual. In addition, our specialists tailor treatment for each patient based on their:

•    age, overall health and medical history
•    type of stroke
•    severity of stroke
•    location of stroke
•    cause of stroke
•    tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
•    your opinion or preference

 


Types of Strokes

The Stroke Center offers advanced medical and surgical options for every stage of stroke treatment and recovery. The Center’s commitment to responsive, flexible treatment and its attention to detail make it exhaustive and offer stroke victims hope for optimal recovery and improved quality of life.

Treatment Options

The Stroke Center offers advanced medical and surgical options for every stage of stroke treatment and recovery. The Center’s commitment to responsive, flexible treatment and its attention to detail make it exhaustive and offer stroke victims hope for optimal recovery and improved quality of life.

Hyperacute Phase

Strokes require immediate medical attention. The sooner a stroke patient receives care, the greater their chances of survival and recovery.

Stroke care for the hyperacute phase refers to the medical treatment that takes place between the time of first contact with a stroke patient.

The Stroke Center has a hyperacute team on constant standby to respond to stroke activation as soon as possible so that the impact of a stroke can be minimized. The Center also works with local EMS to prepare for the arrival of potential stroke patients and fast track patients to a physician for immediate evaluation.

Acute Phase

During the acute phase, clinical staff perform work ups to identify the cause of a stroke. These tests may include:

•    Computerized tomography (CT) scan
•    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
•    Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
•    CT angiography (CTA)
•    Cartoid duplex scanning
•    Transesophageal echocardiography.

Stroke Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is extremely important toward helping patients regain their independence following a stroke. That is why LLUMC’s Stroke Center was so carefully assembled: to help patients achieve the best possible long-term outcomes and to make them feel whole again.

Our stroke rehabilitation program received additional accreditation by the CARF organization as a stroke specialty program for our focus on prevention, minimizing impairment, reducing activity limitation and maximizing patients’ participation and quality of life. Patients recovering from stroke may undergo:

•    Inpatient rehabilitation: Patients are transferred to an acute patient rehabilitation unit at LLUMC’s East Campus or outpatient treatment center for continued care so they may experience better recovery and regained function.
•    Outpatient rehabilitation: Patients follow up with their physiatrist and may join a stroke support group to maximize stroke prevention.
•    Home-based rehabilitation: Patients receive rehabilitation at home to help them return to family life, learn how to accommodate their homes for disability and regain strength and movement.

Chronic Phase

Stroke recovery doesn’t end when patients leave the hospital. In fact, patients must make specific lifestyle changes to decrease the likelihood for the recurrence of stroke.

All our patients receive educational information on how to prevent strokes, and are encouraged to make lifestyle changes when appropriate. Each patient will have an outpatient visit with a neurologist to make sure that all stroke risk factors have been addressed and that continued care with a primary care physician is arranged.

Furthermore, patients who suffered from an ischemic stroke receive blood-thinning medication to prevent blood clots and future strokes. Other medications may be prescribed to decrease blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

Ensuring an accurate diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. The Stroke Center offers diagnostic studies and evaluation procedures to accurately identify the treatment that bests suits your specific needs. Our procedures include:

LLUMC Emergency Room
11234 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-4444
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Loma Linda University Health Care Department of Neurology
Faculty Medical Offices (FMO)
11370 Anderson Street, Suite B100
Loma Linda, CA
(909) 558-2880
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Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, East Campus
25333 Barton Road
Loma Linda, CA 92354
909-558-6000
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Rehabilitation Institute - Outpatient Rehabilitation for Stroke
11406 Loma Linda Drive, Suite
Ambulatory Services Building, South Entrance
Loma Linda, CA 92354
909-558-6144
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The Stroke Center specializes in treatment, management and prevention, of strokes Our physicians are leaders in the field of stroke research, diagnosis and treatment and they are committed to delivering care that results in the best possible outcomes.
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  • Murray Brandstater, MD – Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Bryan Tsao, MD – Chairman, Department of Neurology
  • Sarah Uffindel, MD – Medical Director of Stroke
  • Joanna Yang, NP – Department of Neurology Stroke Program Coordinator
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LLUMC Emergency Room
(909) 558-4444

Loma Linda University Health Care Department of Neurology
(909) 558-2880

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, East Campus
(909) 558-6000

Rehabilitation Institute - Outpatient Rehabilitation for Stroke
(909) 558-6144

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