Stroke Care

Stroke Care Program

Our Institute is nationally recognized as a model among healthcare networks for its work in bringing faster diagnosis and treatment to stroke patients.

The Renown Regional Medical Center Stroke Program provides evidence-based primary stroke care including evaluation, treatment and education to patients who arrive at our facility with signs and symptoms of stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA).

A TIA event is like a stroke and produces similar symptoms, but usually lasts only a few minutes and causes no permanent damage.

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Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

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The signs and symptoms of an impending stroke are very specific and occur abruptly. By recognizing the signs and symptoms and taking action, you may be able to avert a stroke or reduce its severity.

Act FAST and call 911 immediately at any sign of a stroke.

Many life-saving treatments, including t-PA (a potent blood thinner used to dissolve artery-clogging blood clots), can speed up recovery from stroke and improve chances of surviving without any major disabilities or long-term symptoms.

To be effective, t-PA must be administered within the first few hours after the symptoms of stroke appear — the sooner it is administered, the greater the benefit.

Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. And although a stroke can happen to anyone, certain risk factors increase the chance of a stroke. Assess and manage your personal risk with the Stroke Risk Scorecard.


Stroke Risk Scorecard

Expert Stroke Care in the First Vital Hours

Stroke is a medical emergency, and every minute counts. That's why Renown developed a system for rapidly diagnosing and treating stroke patients when they arrive at the ER with neurologists and hospitalists standing by 24/7.

Certified Primary Stroke Center

The Stroke Center at Renown Regional Medical Center earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for stroke care by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's largest healthcare standards-setting and accrediting body. This achievement is indicative of the Center's success in achieving better outcomes for patients with positive, long-term results and our emphasis on effectively working to meet the specialized needs of stroke victims.

In Nevada, nearly 10,000 people suffer a stroke each year. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in Nevada and a major cause of long-term disability.

The Stroke Center provides the latest treatment options and works to educate communities on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. It has been nationally recognized as a model for other healthcare networks for its work to bring faster treatment to stroke patients in rural areas.

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Our Stroke Team

Our Stroke Leadership Team — including the Medical Director, Stroke Program Coordinator and Stroke Quality Committee — have been actively involved in program design, implementation and evaluation to ensure that all patients receive high-quality, innovative stroke care.

This includes many additional resources to provide comprehensive brain, nerve, and surgical support along with a full range of diagnostic and additional procedures.

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Code Stroke

The purpose of the "Code Stroke" Activation is to provide immediate, optimal care to the person suspected of having a stroke.

This activation can originate in the field by our EMS partners (REMSA) or by the ER charge nurse in the case of a patient who arrives by private vehicle. This process initiates the rapid response of a predetermined group of healthcare practitioners and personnel trained in caring for stroke/TIA patients.

Tissue Plasminogen Activator or t-PA

John Rothrock, MD, Medical Director was a pioneering developer of the only FDA-approved therapy for acute therapeutic intervention: tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA), a potent blood thinner used to dissolve artery-clogging blood clots — the cause of most strokes. Many life-saving treatments, including t-PA, can speed up recovery from stroke and improve chances of survival without any major disabilities or long-term symptoms.

To be effective, t-PA must be administered within the first 3 hours after the symptoms of stroke appear— the sooner it is administered, the greater the benefit.

If you witness someone experiencing signs of a stroke, call 911 immediately or go to the ER.

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Biplane Angiography is state-of-the-art technology for treating stroke victims.

With this technology interventional neuroradiologists can see enhanced views of the brain in three dimensions.

They then snake a catheter through a major artery in the leg or arm directly to the stroke site in the brain where a clot-busting drug can be delivered in the case of an ischemic stroke.

And for a hemorrhagic stroke, coils can be placed to stop the bleeding.

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Post Stroke Care

Risk of having a reoccurring stroke is much greater in the weeks after discharge from the hospital or rehabilitation center. And as you travel the road to recovery, our Stroke Bridge Program will guide you every step of the way.

We will educate you on what caused your stroke, review your medications with you and your caregiver, discuss what you can do to prevent another stroke and provide information on stroke services for providers in our community. Our goal is to get you better and keep you healthy.

If you live outside of the Reno/Sparks area, appointments are also available though the Stroke Bridge TeleHealth Program.

Call 775-982-2970 for more information. If you live outside the Reno-Sparks area, call 775-982-7000.

Helping Patients on the Road to Recovery

We help patients on the road to recovery.

Specialized rehabilitative care is often necessary following a serious illness or injury. It can be a long and challenging journey, but through Renown Regional Medical Center's Rehabilitation Services, physical, occupational and speech therapists guide and encourage patients back to good health.

For more information, call 775-982-2948.

Types of Stroke

A stroke is a brain injury that occurs when a blood vessel becomes blocked or ruptures, cutting off blood flow and oxygen to the brain.

Ischemic Stroke

Caused by a blockage in the blood vessels to the brain

Hemorrhagic Stroke

Caused by a ruptured or leaking blood vessel in the brain

Stroke Education Guide

Stroke Education Guide

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Support Group meetings are designed to help patients and families respond to the stress of a stroke and learn about the recovery process in a supportive, open environment. Attendees can enjoy camaraderie, moral support, and sharing of information and advice from each other and from guest speakers. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month.

For more information, please call 775-982-2948.

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