Evaluation and Diagnosis
The UF Health Jacksonville Comprehensive Stroke Program features the latest advances
in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke. The program's nurse specialists provide
stroke education and screening throughout the community. University of Florida physicians
at the Neuroscience Institute's Comprehensive Stroke Program diagnose stroke through
a thorough review of the patient. Recognizing stroke symptoms early can greatly
improve a patient's outcome.
Diffusion and Perfusion MRI
Stroke patients may be evaluated by a specialized MRI that is able to detect stroke
damage earlier than routine MRI and differentiate the damage from other mimicking
conditions. These tests often allow our stroke-trained neurologists to employ clot-busting
drugs at the earliest possible time after stroke symptom onset.
Computed Tomography Magnetic Resonance (CT Scan)
A neuroradiology procedure that diagnoses stroke patients through the placement
of non-invasive electrodes onto the skull. Color-coded cross-sectional imaging studies
help physicians measure brain density and potential damage to the brain from stroke.
UF Health Jacksonville was among the first hospitals in the nation to use an air emergency
service to transport stroke patients. Prompt transport by TraumaOne
helicopter to the UF Health Jacksonville Comprehensive Stroke Program can improve a
patient's outcome by decreasing medical complications and lowering the risks of
mortality. Stroke patients in Duval County and 12 surrounding counties (including
Baker, Bradford, Clay, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union, Camden, Chariton), as well
as Camden County, Ga., benefit from this rapid transport service.
Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA)
University of Florida neurologists were the first in Jacksonville to routinely use
tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a drug that dissolves blood clots that block
arteries leading to the brain. If administered within the first 4.5 hours of the
onset of stroke symptoms, tPA may reverse the debilitating effects of stroke. tPA
is not clinically appropriate for everyone. Patients who have high blood pressure,
have suffered a transient ischemic attack or suffer from other illnesses may not
Life Management Options
Stroke patients may experience symptoms such as paralysis, difficulty with or loss
of speech, and weakness of the limbs. University of Florida physicians treat patients
with the latest therapies to assist with stroke rehabilitation and life management
Comprehensive Stroke Program staff members work with a variety of therapists for
stroke patient rehabilitation, including physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational
therapy, strength training and daily living skills. Patient rehabilitation progress
is closely monitored and maintenance programs are prescribed for life management
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Comprehensive Stroke Program physiatrists specialize in prescribing specific physical
therapies and sports medicine rehabilitation therapies for stroke patients based
on their symptoms and lifestyles.
Education and Support Groups
The stroke support group offers stroke patients and their families the opportunity
to learn more about stroke treatments and stroke prevention. "Stroke Busters" meets
on the third Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Birch Room,
Learning Resource Center, UF Health Jacksonville.