Comprehensive Stroke Center
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Boca Regional is one of only 20 AHCA stroke centers in the state of Florida and one of only four in Palm Beach County to receive this designation.
A stroke, or 'brain attack,' affects the arteries leading to and within the brain, disrupting blood flow. The stroke may be the result of a clot that develops in the brain (ischemic stroke) or a weakened blood vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Every day, nearly 2,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke. It is the number three killer of Americans after heart disease and cancer.
Studies show that hospitals designated as Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer patients the best chance for survival and return to normal life. Mounting research shows that stroke victims receive better treatment and recover with fewer disabilities at such hospitals. For instance, comprehensive stroke center recommendations require round-the-clock neurosurgical staff and the latest technology to swiftly and accurately diagnose and treat acute stroke victims on an emergency basis. They offer access to advanced neuroradiological imaging and therapeutic techniques, which provides the widest range of interventional options to stop and minimize potential damage from a stroke.