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Stroke Treatments & Services

Studies show that hospitals designated as Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer patients the best chance for survival and return to normal life. Stroke victims receive better treatment and recover with fewer disabilities. For instance, Comprehensive Stroke Center recommendations require round-the-clock neurosurgical staff and the latest technology to swiftly and accurately diagnose and treat acute stroke victims on an emergency basis. They offer access to advanced neuroradiological imaging and therapeutic techniques, which provides the widest range of interventional options to stop and minimize potential damage from a stroke.

Ischemic Stroke

Ischemic stroke happens when a clot blocks a vessel supplying blood to the brain. It's the most common type, accounting for 87% of all strokes. The treatment goal is to bust or remove the clot.


Considered the gold standard, tissue plasminogen activator (or Alteplase IV r-tPA) is an FDA-approved treatment for ischemic strokes. When promptly administered, it can save lives and reduce the long-term effects of stroke. Many people miss this key brain-saving treatment because they don't arrive at the hospital in time, which is why it's so important to identify a stroke and seek treatment immediately for the best possible chance at a full recovery.


Physical removal of a large blood clot, called an endovascular procedure or a mechanical thrombectomy, is another strongly recommended treatment option. Thrombectomy allows trained doctors to use a wire-cage device called a stent retriever to remove a large blood clot. Thrombectomy should be done within six hours of onset of acute stroke symptoms. For selected patients under certain conditions, the procedure can be beneficial if done even within 24 hours of onset. Patients who are eligible for IV alteplase should receive the drug, even if the clot removal procedure is considered. Patients must meet certain criteria to be eligible for this procedure.

Hemorrhagic Stroke

Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a rupture in a blood vessel within the brain. Fewer strokes happen as the result of a rupture. The treatment goal is to stop the bleeding.

When a weakened blood vessel ruptures and spills blood into brain tissue, it’s called a hemorrhagic stroke. The most common cause for the rupture is uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure). There are two other types of weakened blood vessels that can also cause hemorrhagic stroke: aneurysms (swellings within vessels) and arteriovenous malformations or AVMs (abnormal tangles of blood vessels). Fewer strokes happen as the result of a rupture. The treatment goal is to stop the bleeding.


A small tube called a catheter can sometimes be threaded up through a major artery in an arm or leg and guided into the brain tissue, allowing the surgeon to use camera technology to help fix the problem. Once the catheter is guided to the source of the bleeding, it deposits a mechanical agent, such as a coil, to prevent further rupture.

This type of procedure is endovascular, meaning that the surgeon gains access via the vascular system, making it less invasive than conventional surgical treatment. Sometimes surgery is required to secure a blood vessel at the base of the aneurysm.

Stroke Statistics

More and more people are surviving and thriving after acute stroke. Our goal is to provide patients the right level of care at the right time. We work closely with acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers to ensure treatment programs are tailored to best meet the needs of our patients. 100% of our stroke patients receive stroke education prior to discharge.

On average, Jupiter Medical Center treats 900 – 1,000 stroke patients annually.

To become a Joint Commission certified Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center, a program must meet ten core measures. These evidence-based measures are considered best practice and were developed under the guidance of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Jupiter Medical Center’s program is 100% compliant with all measures.

Patient Satisfaction

We take pride in assuring our patients have the best possible support while recovering from a stroke. Our goal is to help our patients understand:

  • What caused their stroke
  • How to prevent another stroke
  • How to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke
  • To seek immediate medical help if they think they may be having another stroke

Patient feedback is another important way that we measure our success. All stroke patients are asked to complete a satisfaction survey after discharge, and we use this information to continually improve our care standards and patient services.

100% of Jupiter Medical Center stroke patients receive comprehensive stroke education prior to going home.

Patient Outcomes

83% of Jupiter Medical Center stroke patients are able to return home or go to rehabilitation after their hospital visit.

Mechanical Thrombectomy Outcomes: January 2023 through December 2023

Thrombectomy death rate = 0

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