Comprehensive Stroke Program: Services

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.

Air Transport

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.

Treatment Options

  • 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 be candidates.

  • 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 activities.

  • Rehabilitation
    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 after stroke. More on Rehabilitation »

  • Physiatrics
    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.