Each year in the United States, nearly 800,000 people have a stroke, making this condition the #4 cause of death. The key to surviving as stroke is to identify early warning signs and if needed, obtain immediate medical treatment to minimize damage.
What is TeleStroke?
Because the key to treating a stroke is immediate medical attention, TeleStroke is a program that connects smaller or rural community hospitals to neurologists at Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Neuroscience Institute, allowing patients to receive the highest level of care, close to home. Our neurologists are doctors that are board certified and highly trained in evaluating and treating acute neurological conditions such as strokes.
How does TeleStroke work?
When a patient presents in a partnering Emergency Department with stroke like symptoms, Emergency doctors perform the necessary diagnostic tests but they also work with Akron General neurologists via real-time, video computer conferencing for a complete patient evaluation. By providing patients with quick access to this type of specialized evaluation, patients:
- Receive timely treatment close to home
- Reduce the need for travel unless highly specialized care is required
- Receives high quality, specialized care to minimize the effects of the stroke
For more information about Akron General’s Neuroscience Institute, call 330.344.3100.