About the Stroke Program
The Stroke Program at UW Health, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and offers a breadth of expertise and a range of services unmatched in the region. From stroke prevention through imaging, acute stroke treatment and rehabilitation services, the stroke program offers coordinated care from a team of specialists.
Acute Stroke Treatment
UW Hospital’s stroke specialists possess the area’s highest level of expertise in managing all types of acute cerebrovascular events, including ischemic stroke and intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Access Center nurses are available 24-hours-a-day to facilitate telephone consultation with the appropriate attending neurologist or neurosurgeon, secure hospital beds and help arrange patient transport. Our acute stroke program features:
- 24-hour-a-day on-call coverage
- Established clinical pathways to ensure ultra-rapid initial treatment and systematic, high-quality hospital care
- A multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and neuroanesthesiologists composed according to the individual patient’s needs
- The area’s greatest level of experience in endovascular and neurosurgical procedures, including carotid endarterectomy, stent placement and aneurysm clipping and coiling
- A dedicated neurological intensive care unit with specialized nursing staff
Referring physicians who would like to arrange an emergency admission and stroke team care at UW Hospital and Clinics should call the Access Center, available 24-hours-a-day, at (608) 263-6796 (in Madison) or 1-800-472-0111 (outside Madison area). Patients experiencing symptoms should call 9-1-1.
Stroke patients at UW Health benefit from the organization’s depth of expertise in imaging of the brain, spine, head and neck. In addition to diagnosis, the advanced imaging capabilities of UW Health also allow physicians to identify brain regions at risk of damage but still salvageable and begin treatment to save patients from significant disability.
- The neuroradiologists on staff at UW Hospital conduct approximately 30,000 neuroradiology procedures every year.
- Specific services include state-of-the-art MRI and MRA, functional MRI, angiography, ultrasound, transcranial Doppler and fast, comprehensive CT and MR stroke imaging protocols including perfusion assessment to help guide stroke management.
- In eligible patients, UW Health neurosurgeons and interventional neuroradiologists offer advanced endovascular treatments to reduce stroke damage and/or prevent future strokes.
The UW Health Stroke Clinic assesses non-urgent patients at risk for a first stroke or seeking to prevent a second.
- Accepts both self- and physician referrals
- Primary stroke prevention: carotid or intracranial stenoses
- Secondary stroke prevention: helps patients identify and reduce modifiable risk
- Maintains communication with referring physician
Contact the Stroke Clinic at (608) 265-8899.
The great majority of stroke patients survive the stroke, but many are left with some degree of functional deficit. Stroke patients begin rehabilitation as soon as possible after hospitalization.
Patients who need intensive rehabilitation therapies continue treatment in the inpatient rehabilitation unit at UW Hospital and eventually make the transition to specialized outpatient rehab services. Physical, occupational and speech therapy are offered in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Contact Stroke Rehabilitation Services at (608) 263-2729.
As an academic medical center, UW Health stroke program faculty and staff are deeply involved in both basic and clinical research. The list of active research studies involving patients includes studies of new medications, novel treatment devices and techniques and new endovascular and surgical techniques.
Stroke patients who do not benefit from conventional therapies may be eligible to enroll in studies of the most promising new treatments.
For current research protocols in stroke, call (608) 263-5420.