About the Stroke Program
The Stroke Program at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin has been certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and offers 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.
What is a Comprehensive Stroke Center?
UW Health offers stroke specialists who 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 team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and neuroanesthesiologists collaborate 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
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 University 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 factors
- Maintains communication with referring physician
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.
The UW Rehabilitation Hospital, located on the east side of Madison, is staffed with a team of specially trained physicians, nurses and therapists who develop customized rehab plans to help patients achieve their fullest potential. Stroke patients are admitted as soon as they are medically ready and actively participate in goal directed treatment designed to promote the highest level of recovery possible. Physical, occupational and speech therapy are offered in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Contact Stroke Rehabilitation Services at (608) 263-2729 or visit UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital.