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Stroke

M Health Fairview providers maintain an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center as a world-class model providing full-spectrum care—from evaluation and diagnosis to neuro-endovascular services and rehabilitation support.

If you think someone, including yourself, is having a stroke, call 911 right away. 

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Stroke can be caused by accidental injury or disease of the blood vessels that supply the brain. It is an emergency situation that affects your speech, movement, and ability to understand what’s happening. A person having a stroke is often confused.

The first step to care and recovery is to get help through the emergency department. M Health Fairview specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating the full range of cerebrovascular diseases, such as stroke, cerebral aneurysm, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), and carotid disease.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview providers maintain an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center as a world-class model providing full-spectrum care—from evaluation and diagnosis to neuro-endovascular services and rehabilitation support. University of Minnesota Medical Center is one of only 101 hospitals in the country to receive Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center status by The Joint Commission, which means our highly skilled specialists administer evidence-based treatments and therapies at the forefront of clinical research and patient care.

As an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, we have met the most rigorous criteria for patient outcomes and have proven results in delivering a comprehensive approach to treatment, research and education. Our team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neurointensivists, interventional neuro-radiologists, and advanced practice providers work together to deliver state-of-the-art stroke treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention.

This complete team approach to your care provides the best opportunities to address all the needs of the patient and family when they are affected by stroke. We also collaborate with pediatric neurosurgery.

M Health Fairview neurologists have also implemented Telestroke technology at Fairview Southdale Hospital in partnership with Fairview Health Services. Using emergency room video conferencing, Telestroke technology allows stroke specialists to rapidly evaluate patients, review the results of brain imaging tests conducted in a patient’s local emergency department, and coordinate treatment even when the patient and other doctors are miles apart. Doctors have the ability to manipulate the camera position remotely—which helps when examining patients and diagnosing stroke symptoms—and can review the results of brain-imaging tests conducted in the local emergency department.


Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Lesionectomy

A lesionectomy is a common surgical procedure to remove a lesion, or abnormality, in the brain. Lesions may include congenital malformations, tumors, brain injuries, stroke or other conditions that cause epilepsy and seizure disorders.
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Left Atrial Appendage Closure

The left atrial appendage (LAA) is a small sac in the wall of the top left chamber of the heart. Normally, it fills with blood and empties with each heartbeat. If you have atrial fibrillation, however, your heart may beat too rapidly and irregularly, not giving the left atrium and the LAA time to empty completely.
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Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a FDA approved treatment for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement with standardized treatment. TMS is a noninvasive therapy that uses electromagnetic energy to activate your brain cells.
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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists help people of all ages return to the activities of daily life after injury, developmental disorders, illness ,or surgery. These everyday activities may include dressing, bathing, home management skills, and leisure activities.
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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists work with children and their families to promote participation in functional activities or occupations that are meaningful to them, including self-care, motor skills, and play skills. Occupational therapy also can help when issues of self-regulation/adaptive behavior.
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Speech and Language Pathology

Sometimes called speech therapists, speech-language pathologists work with children and adults to improve their ability to communicate with others. They also treat people with swallowing problems.
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Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy

If your child has issues with speech, language, cognition or voice, our therapists are here to help. Speech-language pathologists are therapist specially trained to work with your child to improve the ability to communicate with others.
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a FDA approved treatment for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement with standardized treatment. TMS is a noninvasive therapy that uses electromagnetic energy to activate your brain cells.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Endovascular Procedure
  • Tissue Plasminogen Activator
  • Telestroke

Call your preferred location to schedule an appointment or submit an online request.