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About Our Stroke Centers

NewYork-Presbyterian's four comprehensive Stroke Centers are among the few New York State-designated primary stroke care locations in New York City.

Transfer to New York Presbyterian Neuro I.C.U., call 800-697-7828

Our full-service Stroke Centers offer advanced resources to minimize the immediate and secondary brain damage from a stroke and maximize the patient's chance for full recovery.

Stroke specialists at our neuro-intensive care units provide round-the-clock surveillance, state-of-the-art brain monitoring, and specialized medical and surgical treatments. Having advanced resources such as these are critical, especially in the first 48 hours following a stroke.

Our Centers are located on four campuses:
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital

The First 48 Hours Can Make a Difference

When a stroke occurs the brain suffers damage that can set off a cascade of related complications such as elevated intra-cranial pressure, seizures, and fever that amplify the brain's injury and lessen the patient's chance of a full recovery. Getting the best available care within the first 48 hours of a stroke can halt this cascade and is critical to making the best possible recovery.

Transfers to Our Neuro-Intensive Care Units

Stroke patients in the New York City area who were not initially brought to NewYork-Presbyterian can request a transfer to one of our Stroke Centers by discussing this option with their current treatment provider. Transfers can be made, when appropriate, by calling 1-800-NYP-STAT (1-800-697-7828).

Our ambulances can provide urgent transfer for critically ill patients from the original admitting hospital to one of our Neuro Intensive Care Units.

Stroke Care at NewYork-Presbyterian

Depth of Care

Stroke specialists at NewYork-Presbyterian's Stroke Centers (Columbia and Weill Cornell) treated 1,230 stroke patients last year, more than twice the number treated at any other hospital in New York City. Studies show that stroke patients treated at high-volume centers have the best rates of survival and recovery.

Advanced Brain Monitoring

Our Neuro-Intensive Care Units are equipped with advanced brain monitoring equipment to prevent, detect, and treat secondary brain injuries that often develop after a stroke. We are also among the few Stroke Centers in the world with dedicated in-unit MRI scanners.

Round the Clock Care

In-house attending physicians are on staff in NewYork-Presbyterian's Neuro Intensive Car Units 24/7. Care such as this is generally only found at major medical centers.

Stephan A. Mayer, M.D. and nurses in the neuro intensive care unit
Stephan A. Mayer, M.D. and nurses in one of the
Hospital's Neuro-Intensive Care Units.
Medical, Surgical Treatment Options

Tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) is the FDA-approved therapy of choice for patients who have suffered a stroke. Administered intravenously, the drug is designed to dissolve clots and allow oxygenated blood to return to flow to the brain. To be effective though, t-PA must be given within four and a half hours of the onset of symptoms.

Surgically, physicians can utilize a procedure known as Acute Stroke Revascularization where surgeons remove the stroke-causing clot from the blocked artery in the brain. Emergency intra-arterial therapy is the only way to extend the treatment window for acute stroke.

Early Integration of Rehabilitation

This is an essential part of NewYork-Presbyterian's stroke program, as it promotes patients' transition from critical illness to recovery.

Expertise for Preventing a Second Stroke

Patients who have survived and recovered from a stroke are at high risk for recurrence. At NewYork-Presbyterian, our cerebrovascular specialists are experts at treatments designed to reduce the risk of a second stroke. These treatments include medical therapies such as blood thinners, statins, and blood pressure medications. They can also include surgical procedures such as Carotid Endarterectomy (to remove a clot) and Carotid Artery Angioplasty (to widen a narrow artery) in the neck's carotid arteries; Bypass Revascularization (rerouting the blood supply to bypass the obstruction); or Stenting (inserting a mesh tube into an artery to keep in open).

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