Because time is critical in the race to save brain function during an acute stroke, at Huntington Hospital a "Code Stroke" response team is ready 24-hours-a-day to quickly evaluate patients and initiate interventions. This innovative process brings together a team of highly-trained neurologists, neuroradiologists, vascular neurologists and interventionalists who specialize in stroke diagnosis and treatment with emergency department physicians and staff, ensuring the most appropriate treatment is initiated as quickly as possible
For complex stroke cases, Huntington Hospital offers endovascular clot retrieval to open blocked blood vessels up to eight hours after onset of stroke symptoms. This intervention can be used in conjunction with a clot-busting medication called tPA, or alone and may be an option for patients who may not be eligible to receive tPA or blood-thinning drugs.
Our highly trained specialists provide treatment to complex stroke patients throughout the San Gabriel Valley and accept transfers from hospitals challenged to care for these types of cases.
Patients who arrive within the first few hours of sudden stroke signs and symptoms may be treated with clot busting medication known as tPA and/or a clot retrieval device known as Mechanical Thrombectomy. Huntington Hospital’s Stroke Team treats more eligible stroke patients with thrombolytic therapy than the national average offering patients a better chance at recovery.
Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA) is a powerful drug used to break up blood clots causing ischemic stroke. The quicker we treat, the better chance our patient’s have at recovery. The national goal for treatment with tPA is within 60 min of arrival to the emergency department. Huntington Hospital has been awarded as a Target Stroke Gold Plus Honor Roll Elite facility based on our stroke team performance.