182-19 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Phone (718) 670-2903
Strokes or cerebral vascular accidents are injuries to the brain caused by a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of permanent disability in the United States.
NYP/Queens is a New York State-Designated Level 1 Regional Stroke Center, which means that the hospital has an acute stroke care team so that the highest quality of care and the most rapid response can be delivered to acute stroke victims – including certain medications. For victims of a stroke, there is a very limited window of time in which a medication (called TPA) can be administered that may limit the damage being caused by progression of the stroke. This time period is known as the “golden hours.”
The acute Stroke Care team includes neurologists, emergency physicians, physician assistants, nurses, neuro-radiologists and neurosurgeons. The combined knowledge and expertise of the team results in rapid diagnosis and treatment, increasing the potential for the best possible outcome. Stroke recovery and prevention are initiated as early as possible in the patient’s course of care. Vascular surgeons, cardiologists, physical therapists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists as well as psychiatric social experts guide the patient to maximize restoration of cognitive and physical function.
For more information about the Neuroscience Institute, call us at (718) 670-2903.