Midtown Medical Center has continuous access to neurologists, neurosurgeons, and interventional radiologists with extensive medical training and skills to treat stroke patients. It’s the only facility in the region that provides intra-arterial therapy, which involves threading a catheter through a major artery up to the brain and removing the clot to restore blood flow. This helps avoid permanent damage.
As a full-service Advanced Primary Stroke Center with medical professionals trained in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of stroke, we provide rapid neurological and neurosurgical treatment. We’re the region’s only dedicated Neuro Intensive Care Unit and Neuroscience Unit with nurses specially trained in stroke care. Other team members include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, case managers and a diabetes educator. And we’re the only hospital accessible by helicopter, allowing patients to receive treatment faster when every minute counts.
Midtown Medical Center is one of only nine hospitals in Georgia to receive Target: Stroke Honor Roll. This is a national quality improvement campaign created to improve outcomes for ischemic stroke patients by delivering tPA, a clot-busting drug, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital. The Stroke Center continually beats the national goal of 60 minutes and treats patients in half that time.
Does one side of the face droop, or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is their smile uneven?
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or difficult to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
If someone shows any of these symptoms, even only temporarily, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.