Accredited Stroke Center in Plantation

When a stroke occurs, the expert stroke team at Westside Regional Medical Center knows that every second counts and can mean the difference between losing and saving critical brain cells. The time between the arrival of a patient experiencing a stroke to our facility and when she or he receives stroke treatment can mean higher quality of life and even the difference between life and death.

Westside Regional's Stroke Center provides comprehensive, effective stroke care, starting with rapid diagnosis and treatment and continuing through rehabilitation and recovery.

If you believe someone is experiencing a stroke, call 911 immediately.

For more information about stroke prevention, treatment or recovery, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team 24 hours a day at (954) 370-5585.

Nationally recognized Stroke Center

Westside Regional's Stroke Center is nationally recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for providing care and treatment that leads to lower readmission rates, higher survival rates and significantly better outcomes for patients who experience strokes.

Additionally, our Stroke Center is certified by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and by The Joint Commission as both a Primary Stroke Center and Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center, demonstrating our commitment to following stringent, evidence-based guidelines to help patients experience a higher quality of life following a stroke.

What is a stroke?

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the U.S., according to the American Stroke Association.

A stroke occurs when a part of the brain's blood flow is suddenly interrupted by a clot or when a blood vessel bursts. When blood flow is blocked, oxygen and nutrients cannot get through and brain cells die. This can result in death, brain damage and/or disability.

Currently, only 10 percent of all stroke patients recover completely. Our primary goal is to provide rapid, unmatched stroke care that results not just in survival, but in recovery leading to decreased disability and damage.

Types of stroke

The two main types of stroke are ischemic and hemorrhagic:

Ischemic stroke (clots)—Occurs when the brain's blood flow is obstructed.

According to the ASA, ischemic strokes account for 87 percent of all strokes.

Hemorrhagic stroke (bleeds)—Occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by two types of weakened blood vessels: aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the most common cause of hemorrhagic strokes.

Other types of stroke include:

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA or mini-stroke)—Occurs when there is temporary blood clot obstructing blood flow to the brain. ASA refers to this as a "warning stroke," which should be taken seriously.

Cryptogenic stroke—Type of stroke with an undetermined cause.

Stroke symptoms

Less than 40 percent of Americans can accurately recognize the signs of a stroke. Knowing the warning signs could save a life.

Remember to BE FAST when recognizing stroke symptoms:

B = Balance
Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?

E = Eyes
Is there sudden blurred or double vision or sudden, persistent vision trouble?

F = Face
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A = Arm
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = Speech
Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred?

T = Time
If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 911,and ask to be transported to the nearest stroke center.

Stroke prevention

About 80 percent of all strokes could have been prevented. Stroke prevention starts with a proper diet, plenty of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. In some cases, medication may be used to reduce stroke risk factors. If you or someone you love is at risk for stroke, it’s not too late to make lifestyle changes, starting now.

High blood pressure is the greatest risk factor you can control by checking your blood pressure regularly and following any relevant guidelines from your doctors.

Other risk factors you should work with your doctor to control include:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation, or Afib)

Specialized stroke treatment

When our ER team is alerted by emergency medical services (EMS) that a patient experiencing stroke symptoms is on the way, they immediately notify the Westside Regional stroke team.

As soon as the patient arrives, our stroke team rapidly assesses the patient and begins providing necessary treatment, which includes administering any clot-dissolving drugs or performing any life-saving neurological-related procedures.

After treatment in the ER, patients are moved to our neurointerventional suite, a state-of-the-art, specialized unit where our neurologists and neurosurgeons treat and diagnose brain injuries, strokes and aneurysms. The neurointerventional imaging performed in this specialized suite means shorter procedure times, lower radiation doses and reduced after-effects of stroke.

Neurological rehabilitation

After a stroke, our licensed physical and speech therapists are here to help you regain your abilities, strength, balance and independence.

Our stroke rehabilitation program includes individualized physical, occupational and speech-language therapies and specialized voice and swallowing assistance services.

Stroke resources