When a patient comes to the hospital with stroke symptoms, it’s crucial to make a proper diagnosis quickly in order to begin treatment to minimize the effects of a stroke. Northwest Health’s stroke care team delivers potentially life-saving care for ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, and can perform treatment options such as:
- Angioplasty and stent placement to open blocked arteries and veins
- Embolizing agents (clotting medications) delivered by catheter to stop blood flow resulting from hemorrhagic strokes
- Thrombolitic therapy deliver clot-dissolving medicine to treat ischemic strokes
- Minimally invasive surgery to remove a clot, or repair arteries and veins
Following a stoke, our rehabilitation care is there to help individuals regain their independence. Northwest Health’s multidisciplinary rehabilitation team provides caring, personalized assistance to help patients meet their goals.
Northwest Health has partnered with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to provide life-saving emergency care for stroke patients in the region.
SAVES (Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support) uses a high-speed video communications system to help provide immediate, life-saving treatments to stroke patients 24 hours a day. This real-time video communication enables a stroke neurologist to evaluate whether emergency room physicians should use a powerful clot-busting drug within the critical 4.5-hour period following the first signs of stroke.
The SAVES program is a partnership between the UAMS Center for Distance Health, the state Department of Human Services, Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, Northwest Medical Center- Bentonville, Northwest Medical Center - Springdale, Siloam Springs Regional Hospital and 18 other Arkansas hospitals. For more information, visit the SAVES website.
For more information, please call (800) 734-2024.