The Comprehensive Stroke Center is both a state-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and a nationally accredited, Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center — one of only nine hospitals in New Jersey and fewer than 200 hospitals in the U.S. to earn this prestigious Joint Commission certification.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized our exceptional stroke care program by including our facility in the Stroke Honor Roll of the “Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus” Performance Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.
Conditions We Treat
- Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
- Transient ischemic attacks
- Arteriovenous malformations
- Brain (cerebral) aneurysm
- Carotid artery stenosis
- Cavernous malformations
- Intracranial arterial stenosis
- Spinal arteriovenous malformations
Rapid diagnosis is essential for effective stroke treatment. After you arrive at our Comprehensive Stroke Center, the stroke care team will quickly diagnose the type of stroke you are having by performing a physical exam, blood tests and neuroimaging studies such as:
- Computed tomography (CT)
- CT angiography
- CT perfusion
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- MR angiography
- Functional MRI
- Transcranial Doppler
- Catheter angiography
After your team diagnoses the type of stroke you are experiencing, emergency treatment will begin immediately. Our experienced stroke team uses state-of-the-art hybrid operating rooms equipped with the latest 3D biplane imaging technology to perform precise and accurate stroke rescue procedures, including:
- Endovascular and surgical repairs of cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations
- Intracranial stenting and angioplasty
- Emergency stroke rescue procedures such as endovascular clot retrieval
- Combined open and endovascular stroke rescue procedures
- Intravenous and direct-to-site endovascular medication delivery
Emergency Endovascular Treatment for Stroke
Air ambulance transfer is available for emergency neurovascular referrals. We use the latest technologies—such as the Penumbra Aspiration System, the Solitaire and Trevo Stent Retriever devices, temporary flow arrest, and reversal—to unblock large blood vessels.
Our team includes doctors who have patented new technologies to improve patient care. The Center has some of the most successful revascularization rates in the world for mechanical thrombectomy in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke. Physicians wishing to transfer a patient should call 855-FOR-HUMC (855-367-4862).
TransCarotid Artery Revascularization – The TCAR Procedure
Your health care team may also recommend additional procedures to reduce your risk of another stroke. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in New Jersey, and one of only a few hospitals in the country, to offer the minimally invasive procedure, TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR).
Addressing carotid artery disease, this innovative procedure helps to prevent devastating strokes by temporarily reversing blood flow in the artery during the stenting procedure to prevent dangerous plaque from traveling to the brain and causing a stroke.
TCAR is less invasive, reduces the risk of stroke, and has a quick recovery (with most patients going home in less than 24 hours.)
For patients recovering from a stroke, Hackensack University Medical Center provides comprehensive and personalized rehabilitation services that start during their hospital stay, such as:
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Cognitive rehabilitation
To ensure continuity of care, Hackensack Meridian Health offers specialized inpatient rehabilitation at several facilities. Our neurological team also provides comprehensive outpatient follow-up and supportive care for patients who have experienced a stroke, including:
- Counseling. Our psychologists will provide counseling services to help you and your family cope with the emotional challenges that may occur after a stroke.
- Neuropsychology. Our neuropsychologists will help you understand and cope with problems with memory and other stroke-related cognitive changes.
- Cognitive rehabilitation. Cognitive rehabilitation helps people who have had a stroke learn to manage challenges related to memory, reasoning, planning and other cognitive functions.
- Speech therapy. Our speech-language pathologists follow the latest evidence-based treatment protocols to help people who have had a stroke improve their ability to communicate.
- Physical therapy and exercise. Your health care provider may recommend physical therapy or exercise to improve flexibility, mobility, balance and strength.