Offering Advancements in Treatment & Rehabilitation
Northridge Hospital Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal recognizes that the Stroke Center follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
We are the first hospital in the central San Fernando Valley area with this distinction.
As a certified center, we continue to move forward in advancing the care of our stroke patients to provide the best possible outcomes.
The Stroke Center at Northridge Hospital Medical Center is part of our Neuroscience Institute. The Institute treats a wide variety of neurological problems and specialties such as brain and spinal tumors, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, spinal surgery and neurological disorders. For more information about our Stroke Center, please call 818-885-8500, ext. 3675.
Extensive research endorsed by the American Stroke Association recently proved that stroke patients with fevers had a delayed recovery, possible brain damage or other complications. Until now, hospitals relied on cooling blankets and medications to reduce fevers. Both methods have limitations and can be time consuming.
Using the new CoolGard Technology, a FDA-approved Normothermia procedure, Northridge Hospital’s team of stroke experts bring a temperature down quicker, thus preserving brain tissue. It results in the protection of brain function; less complications; a quicker, more complete recovery; and a shorter hospital stay.
The CoolGard controls a patient’s temperature by circulating cooling saline through a closed catheter inserted in the upper leg. As blood moves past the saline tube, it is cooled from the inside out. The treatment allows the body to heal itself by reducing the patient’s temperature. It is just one more tool that Northridge Hospital has invested in to provide comprehensive, high-quality care for stroke patients.
The Stroke Center offers advancements in treatment and rehabilitation, which have made it possible for many stroke patients to regain optimal function and quality of life. The team of experts, including stroke neurologists, is trained to respond swiftly to administer the best treatments. Clot-dissolving drugs, such as t-PA (tissue Plasminogen Activator), may be recommended to break up the clot and restore blood flow to the brain.
Some other treatments we offer include:
New CoolGard Technology
- Acute thrombolytic therapy
- Carotid endarterectomy
- State-of-the-art intensive care unit and multimodality monitoring
- Surgery for stroke
- Clinical trials of new stroke therapies administered as soon as possible after a stroke
- Medical prevention of stroke
- Risk-factor modification
The Stroke Center at Northridge Hospital offers exceptional diagnostic tools to help prevent stroke even for patients who are at risk due to birth defects, trauma, unruptured aneurysms and other serious conditions. They include:
- Carotid ultrasonography
- Transcranial Doppler studies
- Noninvasive embolus detection
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging),including diffusion and perfusion imaging
- PET (Positron Emission Tomography)
- SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography)
- Diagnostic and interventional angiography
Rehab Services for Stroke
The Stroke Center and Center for Rehabilitation Medicine offer advancements in treatment and rehabilitation so patients can regain optimal function and quality of life. After suffering a stroke, it’s important to begin rehabilitation as quickly as possible.
Advances in treatment and rehabilitation enable many stroke patients to return to their highest level of function and independence. Rehabilitation Medicine helps stroke patients:
- Regain their highest level of functioning in communication, self-care, mobility and well-being
- Learn skills to resume daily routines and return successfully to their homes, to the community and to employment
- Cope with disabilities Alleviate depression
For more information on Rehabilitation Medicine, please call 818-885-5330.
To help cope with issues surrounding stroke we offer a free Stroke Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers. This group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 818-885-8500, ext. 4865.
Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke ever 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.