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Stroke

Stroke is a serious condition that requires clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. 

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

The following are the most common symptoms of stroke. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.

Risk Factors for Stroke

Many risk factors for stroke can be changed or managed, while others that relate to hereditary or natural processes cannot be changed.

Types of Stroke

Strokes can be classified into two main categories: strokes caused by blockage of an artery or a vein, and strokes caused by bleeding.

Effects of Stroke

When an area of the brain is damaged, which typically occurs with a stroke, an impairment may result. 

Treatment for Stroke

Although there is no cure for stroke once it has occurred, advanced medical and surgical treatments are now available.

Physicians Regional Stroke Care

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Physicians Regional Healthcare System offers highly advanced care to the patients that experience brain attacks. These patients require and deserve the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatment including:

  • A 24/7 response team, available at all times to quickly evaluate and initiate treatment for the acute stroke patient
  • Immediate access to the Neurovascular & Stroke Institute physicians
  • The only 3T MRI in Southwest Florida, providing better results…faster
  • 24-hour teleneurology coverage
  • The only dedicated hybrid surgical suite in Southwest Florida
  • A dedicated, robust clinical team specializing in: Emergency, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Critical Care, Respiratory, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology
  • The only specialized Neuro-Intensive Care Unit available in Southwest Florida, designed with general and step-down levels of care, with a clinical staff specializing in the treatment and care of patients that have experienced a stroke
  • Post-discharge recovery including: Case Management services, education, support groups and outreach for stroke awareness to staff, community, patients and their families.

Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge is the only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Southwest Florida and Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard holds a Primary Stroke designation.

To find out more about the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration stroke center criteria, please visit the ACHA website.

If this is an emergency or you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, please dial 911 immediately.

Stroke Care Services

High-quality stroke care

When a patient comes to the hospital with stroke symptoms, it’s crucial to make a proper diagnosis quickly in order to begin treatment — immediate treatment can help avoid or minimize the effects of stroke. Physicians Regional’s experienced stroke team has the expertise and technology to delivery life-saving care. At Physicians Regional, you can count on:

  • Speed – Treatments given during the first three hours after a stroke can greatly reduce or even reverse the effects of stroke, so our stroke care professionals are ready to jump into action immediately.
  • Expertise – Physicians Regional’s doctors, nurses, emergency professionals and other specialists meet high educational standards, and are specially trained to identify stroke symptoms and administer the latest treatments.
  • Technology – Physicians Regional’s stroke care experts utilize the most advanced testing and imaging technology available, allowing them to identify the type of stroke within minutes so they are able to begin treatment. Our 64-slice CT scanner provides the necessary speed and resolution required for rapid imaging of blood vessels in the brain, so doctors can begin treatment as quickly as possible.

Expert treatment for stroke

Our highly trained stroke care experts are well equipped to deliver life-saving care for ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, and can perform the latest, minimally invasive treatment options:

  • Angioplasty and stent placement are used to open blocked arteries and veins.
  • Embolizing agents (clotting medications) are delivered by catheter to stop blood flow resulting from hemorrhagic strokes.
  • Thrombolitic therapy, which is also delivered by catheter, uses clot-dissolving medicine to treat ischemic strokes.
  • Minimally invasive surgery can be used to remove a clot, or repair arteries and veins.
  • Stroke care extends through recovery

Our rehabilitation care is designed to help individuals regain their independence, and includes specialized services for stroke recovery. Physicians Regional’s multidisciplinary rehabilitation team provides caring, personalized assistance to help patients meet their goals.

If this is an emergency or you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, please dial 911 immediately.

Stroke Team

Under the direction of Eric Eskioglu, MD, Director, Stroke and Neurovascular Surgery and Brian Mason, MD, Director, NeuroEndovascular Surgery and NeuroInterventional Radiology - Physicians Regional has a response team in place 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the acute stroke patient. Our team of specialists includes:

  • EMS personnel
  • Physicians: Emergency Department  SOC, Neuroendovascular Surgery, Radiology, Critical Care, Midlevels
  • ER RNs and team
  • NSICU/ICU RNs
  • Respiratory
  • Rehab Services: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech
  • Case management personnel
  • NES team
  • Radiology team: CT, MRI, X-ray
  • Specialists on call
  • Board-certified stroke neurologists with 15 minute response time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

If this is an emergency or you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, please dial 911 immediately.

Physicians Regional Comprehensive Stroke Center

Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge is the only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Southwest Florida and Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard holds a Primary Stroke designation. Physicians Regional is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to those individuals who experience a stroke. From the latest in emergency treatment to inpatient hospitalization and rehabilitation, patients are assured the best care from specialists in treating stroke patients with the latest medical technology.

The Stroke Team commits to aggressive early intervention, progressive treatment, and rehabilitation to maximum recovery. If this is an emergency or you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, please dial 911 immediately.

Find Us
We offer Stroke Care Center care at 2 locations.
8300 Collier Blvd.
Naples,
FL
34114
(239) 354-6000