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Stroke Center at Loyola

The Stroke Center at Loyola is composed of a nationally recognized team of experts in nearly every facet of stroke-related care, including emergency medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, neurospsychology, neuroradiology, rehabilitative services, social work, nutrition, pharmacy and specialty nursing.

A multidisciplinary setting, Loyola's Stroke Center has been accredited by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. For the sixth year in a row, Loyola has been recognized by the American Stroke Association with its Get with the Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care through a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. U.S. News & World Report also ranked us as a high-performing hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Our services cover every aspect of stroke care for patients and their families.

Emergency Stroke Treatment

Because the first three hours after a stroke are critically important, Loyola’s emergency stroke team is adept at immediately determining the best course of treatment via a variety of testing and diagnostic procedures, including CT (computed tomography) scans, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), PET (positron emission tomography) scans and more. Loyola provides specialized stroke care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, Loyola uses the very latest medical advances, and Loyola patients often participate in acute clinical trials. Treatments offered include minimally invasive therapies, drug treatments such as IV-tPA (intravenous tissue plasminogen activator) and surgery.

Acute Stroke Treatment

When patients have suffered an acute stroke, they may receive 24-hour monitoring and care in Loyola’s Acute Stroke Unit. The acute stroke team works with these patients to identify potential complications, monitor changes in heart and brain function, and assess and treat the cause of the stroke. If the patient is in critical condition, care is provided in our state-of-the-art neurosciences Intensive Care Unit.

Dedicated Inpatient Stroke Care

The Loyola Stroke Center and neurosciences ICU is staffed by dedicated stroke neurologists, hospitalists and nurses who are trained to detect and respond to the nuances of neurological disorders. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assess, determine therapies and care for patients with acute ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, carotid artery disease and other complex cerebrovascular disorders. 

Our dedicated clinical neurosciences inpatient facility is a 40-bed unit in which multidisciplinary treatments, techniques and therapies are combined to provide stroke patients with the best possible outcome. Loyola is the only academic medical center in the Chicago area accredited as a stroke specialty program by CARF International.

Second Opinion Stroke Clinic

To assist physicians and patients (of all ages) with the evaluation and management of strokes or threatened strokes, Loyola University Health System stroke specialists have introduced second-opinion stroke clinics open to all patients. Whether the diagnosis is transient ischemic attack (TIA), ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, carotid artery disease, brain aneurysm, or brain vascular malformation, the multidisciplinary team of stroke experts at Loyola will collaborate with you and your physicians in reaching the best outcomes based on current best evidence, taking always into account patients’ values and preferences.

Stroke Rehabilitation

Once a stroke patient has received emergency treatment and no longer is in a life-threatening state, the journey to recovery begins. Loyola’s stroke program offers a wide variety of services to help stroke survivors achieve the best possible quality of life, including physical, occupational and speech therapies. A skilled team of physicians, rehabilitation nurses, licensed physical and occupational therapists, social workers and psychologists work with our patients to improve motor function, mobility, gait, speech, coordination and psychological well-being.

The cooperation and support of a stroke survivor’s family is a critical factor in recovery. That’s why Loyola also focuses on patient and family support, offering post-stroke support groups and counseling.

Stroke Prevention and Education

The Stroke Center at Loyola is committed to the prevention of strokes. Early detection is key to successful recovery. Knowing what to look for — and what lifestyle changes should be made — will lower the chance of suffering from a stroke as well as a stroke’s potential impact.