Often, the first step in treating stroke is the administration of a clot-busting intravenous medication called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). Typically administration must occur within three hours of symptom onset. When tPA is appropriate, stroke patients at Saddleback Medical Center receive the drug immediately. When given promptly, 1 in 3 patients who receive tPA resolve their symptoms or see major improvement.
However, for some stroke patients, tPA is not appropriate or is not enough, and a more complex surgical intervention is required to remove a clot or stop bleeding in the brain.
Saddleback Medical Center provides advanced treatment to stroke patients 24/7. We offer the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques using state-of-the-art technology. Since every minute counts, our advanced level of care is monumental because it helps save lives and minimizes disabilities.
Though a new partnership with UC Irvine Health, Saddleback Medical Center has added to its team of world-class neurointerventional and neurosurgery physicians and surgeons. The team provides exceptional, university-level care to South Orange County residents. Patients get everything they need under one roof, when they need it the most.
Saddleback Medical Center has outstanding teams in the emergency department and biplane catheterization lab where stroke patients receive life-saving care. After patients have been treated, we have highly-skilled intensive care and rehabilitation teams that help patients recover.
MemorialCare is committed to improving stroke care for the community we serve by taking part the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke program. We proudly support two stroke-neurology receiving centers for Long Beach and Orange County.
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