Comprehensive Stroke Program

A stroke is the loss of brain function due to a disturbance in the brain’s blood supply. It causes an incredible 2 million neurons to die every minute. That’s why time is so critical after someone has a stroke.

In the United States, about 800,000 people suffer from strokes every year, and nearly a quarter of strokes occur in people who have had one before. It is the leading cause of acquired physical disability in American adults, and the fourth leading cause of death. Northeast Florida is on the southeastern edge of a region referred to as the “Stroke Belt,” where strokes are most common in the U.S.

A stroke can be caused by ischemia, which is lack of blood flow commonly due to a clot, or a hemorrhage from burst or bleeding blood vessels in or around the brain. Maintaining control over high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol — and keeping them under control — will greatly reduce your chances of having a stroke. Smoking is also a risk factor.

Since every second counts, the UF Health Jacksonville Comprehensive Stroke Program team can mobilize around the clock to diagnose and stabilize stroke patients, minimizing the risk of permanent disability and preserving quality of life.

Stroke Warning Signs

Some signs someone has had a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or difficulty understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. If you experience any of these signs, call 911.

Why UF Health?

The UF Health Comprehensive Stroke Program provides inpatient and outpatient services for the diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of stroke patients. Such sophisticated care is important because research shows that patients improve faster and recover more completely when managed in a dedicated stroke facility.

Our program has received the following recognition:

  • Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care from the Joint Commission
  • Accreditation from the Agency for Health Care Administration as a Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • A program of the UF Health Neuroscience Institute, which is ranked as High Performing by U.S. News & World Report

Our approach features state-of-the-art methods for the treatment of stroke, such as the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) and interventional procedures. An interdisciplinary team of University of Florida physicians and specially trained UF Health Jacksonville staff includes experts in neurology, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, neuroradiology, emergency medicine, medical intensive care, and rehabilitation services. The program also encompasses educational and support group programs for stroke patients.