Get Immediate Emergency Care for Stroke Symptoms
There is a saying: “Time is brain.” Once a stroke begins, neurons in the brain begin to rapidly deteriorate, and victims lose 10 percent of salvageable brain for every 15 minutes that they go untreated. Therefore, limiting the extent of damage requires urgent, expert evaluation and treatment. Fortunately for patients in the Houston-Galveston region, those precious moments awaiting treatment do not have to be wasted.
UTMB is a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center, a designation that recognizes centers for exceptional outcomes in stroke care.
The Stroke, Neurovascular and Neurointerventional Program at UTMB provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to caring for stroke patients and patients with a wide range of complicated disorders of the blood vessels of the brain and spine, such as brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM), arteriovenous fistula, carotid/vertebral artery stenosis and other various other neurovascular conditions.
A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain.
Because treatment can be more effective if given quickly, every minute counts when stroke strikes. People who experience one or more of the following symptoms should call 911 right away, even if symptoms are temporary:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Led by Dr. Stephen Busby, medical director of UTMB Stroke Services and director of Inpatient Neurology Services, the stroke program includes an acute stroke team, a dedicated neurosciences critical care unit, and outpatient stroke rehabilitation services. Included on the care team are specialists with fellowship training in stroke, neurocritical care, neurointerventional surgical therapy, vascular neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology and stroke rehabilitation.
In addition to providing care for acute stroke patients, Neurointerventional Services are offered at UTMB, led by fellowship trained neurointerventionalist Dr. Dandamudi, who specializes in endovascular techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the brain and spinal cord.