All Types of Strokes Treated at Tampa General Hospital

Stroke studentsThere are two general types of strokes, as well as transient ischemic attacks, which are colloquially known as “mini-strokes.” As a comprehensive stroke center, Tampa General Hospital can diagnose and treat all types of strokes using our innovative technology and specialized medical expertise. Most stroke incidents (about 85 percent of cases) fall under the category of ischemic strokes and occur when blockages in arteries cut off the supply of blood to the brain. In this way, ischemic strokes function similarly to heart attacks but affect the brain rather than the heart.

One kind of ischemic stroke, a thrombotic stroke, happens when a blood clot develops in the carotid arteries, which directly supply the brain with blood.

Another type, called an embolic stroke, occurs when a clot is formed in another area of the body such as the heart and moves to the carotid arteries through the bloodstream.

The less common of the two types of strokes are hemorrhagic strokes, which happen when blood vessels in the brain burst or begin to leak. An intracerebral hemorrhage occurs when a vessel bursts within the brain, damaging surrounding brain cells or depriving them of blood.

When an artery on or near the surface of the brain bursts, spilling blood into the area between the brain and the skull, it is classified as a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Due to the location of these strokes and the pressure they place on the brain, people affected by them often experience extremely severe, sudden headaches.

A transient ischemic attack (TIA), or so-called “mini-stroke,” is caused by a temporary reduction in the blood supply to the brain. Although a TIA might not cause lasting damage, it can be a warning sign for later strokes. Also, it shares symptoms of actual strokes – such as difficulty speaking or understanding others, a severe and sudden headache, loss of coordination, or weakness of one side of the face or in one arm. A medical professional will need to perform several tests to distinguish between a TIA and a stroke.

For all neurological episodes, immediate medical care is necessary to restore proper blood flow and minimize potential brain damage.

Tampa General can treat all types of strokes using various medical interventions, including surgical approaches. Our caring and highly skilled stroke team can use advanced forms of imaging to properly diagnose the condition and determine the most effective course of treatment. And, our unique, multispecialty approach means that a whole team of medical professionals – not just a single physician – will work together to coordinate a comprehensive care plan for every patient we treat If you believe that you or someone you know is experiencing a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and ask to be transported to the nearest comprehensive stroke center.

With neurointerventional treatment offered 24/7, Tampa General Hospital can address all types of strokes without needing to transfer patients to another center. And, we welcome patients who have been stabilized at another center but need to be transferred for multispecialty follow-up care.