Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center
Stroke is a Medical Emergency
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time when symptoms first appeared. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member.
For emergent stroke transfers from other facilities, please call our 24/7 Stroke Transfer line at (562) 480-3487.
Comprehensive Stroke Center at Long Beach Medical Center
While several area hospitals are equipped to treat strokes, we have a Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, allowing us to handle the most complex stroke cases. This is the highest level of recognition for stroke centers.
Upon arrival to the Emergency Department, our neurologists immediately assess patients in our dedicated stroke treatment room, which is equipped with telemedicine technology – making their expertise available 24/7. Our dedicated stroke nurses follow each patient to ensure they receive rapid treatments that minimize long-term damage. Using a 320 slice computed tomography (CT) scanner, areas of the brain affected by a stroke are diagnosed in minutes.
Using the latest technologies and treatment options, our Comprehensive Stroke Center is able to shave off minutes and assess a patient as quickly as possible to prevent permanent brain damage, disability or even death.
Neuroscience Care Team
We provide the most advanced stroke care through our well-developed teams of physicians, nurses, technicians, and ancillary teams to provide the highest level of care. Multi-disciplinary care by neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists and diagnostic neuroradiologist, in coordination with our Emergency Department and critical care teams, allow us to provide expedited and comprehensive care to attain the best possible outcomes for stroke patients.
Our Comprehensive Stroke Center is home to stroke-certified registered nurses (SCRN) who have formally recognized the attainment and demonstration of a unique body of knowledge necessary for the practice of stroke nursing.
SCRNs have made a commitment to lifelong learning and to providing the latest, most effective patient care and safety to the patients in our Comprehensive Stroke Center – making it one of the area's best.
In addition, our Comprehensive Stroke Center is home to certified neuroscience registered nurses (CNRN) who have demonstrated their dedication to professional development by passing the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing CNRN® certification exam.
Our neuroscience/stroke care team focuses on the education of nurses, patients and the community, reviews comprehensive quality measures, coordinates care with transferring hospitals, coordination of care after patient discharge, and participation in clinical research.
Public Reporting of Outcomes
How You Can Help Our Stroke Programs
Many clinical advances and community education initiatives are possible, thanks to support of individuals, corporations and foundations that make philanthropic gifts to Long Beach Medical Center through the Long Beach Medical Center Foundation.
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More than 700,000 Americans will suffer a stroke—or “brain attack”—this year. Of this number, 200,000 will be recurrent strokes. A stroke can injure the brain like a heart attack can injure the heart. A stroke occurs when an area of the brain doesn't get the blood it needs.
Every minute counts for stroke patients and knowing how to B.E. F.A.S.T. can lead patients to the stroke treatments they desperately need. Potentially life-saving medication can be administered within three hours of the sudden symptom onset to reverse stroke.
Diagnostics & Treatments
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Cerebral Angiography is a minimally invasive medical test that uses x-rays and an iodine-containing contrast material to produce pictures of blood vessels in the brain. Cerebral angiography may also be called intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography (IADSA).
Neurodiagnostics analyzes and monitors nervous system function to promote the effective treatment of neurological diseases and conditions. Technologists record electrical activity arising from the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves using a variety of techniques and instruments.
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The Comprehensive Stroke Center also has the Division of Neuroradiology (DINR) in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), making it one of California’s most comprehensive centers for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the central nervous system and peripheral vascular malformations.
MemorialCare’s renowned neurosurgeons perform complex surgical procedures and treat neurological conditions using the latest innovations and techniques in neurosurgery, such as minimally invasive surgery, intraoperative MRI, computer-assisted brain surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, awake brain surgery
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time of when any of the symptoms first appear. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member. Have an ambulance take you to the hospital that is a stroke receiving center right away.
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