Marilyn & Stanley Barry Center for Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and number
one cause of severe adult disability. The Marcus Neuroscience Institute
has assembled a team of experienced specialists to provide cutting-edge
prevention, diagnostic and treatment options in stroke for the Marilyn
& Stanley Barry Center for Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke.
What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood flow that carries oxygen rich blood and nutrients
to a part of the brain suddenly decreases or stops due to a blockage.
This blockage can either be from a blood clot or plaque (ischemic) or
from a burst blood vessel in the brain (hemorrhagic). When oxygen-rich
blood cannot reach your brain, tissue may become damaged, and within minutes,
millions of brain cells die. Quick and safe treatment can prevent additional
brain cells from being damaged and preserve brain function. In the case
of severe stroke, timely treatment can mean the difference between life
Prior to a major stroke, people sometimes experience a transient ischemic
attack (TIA) in which a clot obstructs an artery for a short time and
creates stroke-like symptoms. Since these “temporary” or “mini-strokes”
last only minutes or hours, people often ignore them. Do not dismiss such
an episode. Prompt medical treatment after a TIA can often prevent a fatal
or disabling stroke.
The Marcus Neuroscience Institute Comprehensive Stroke Center is a Florida
Accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center and a Joint Commission Thrombectomy
Capable Center, offering a continuum of care. An interdisciplinary team
of providers which consists of EMS, emergency physicians, neurologists,
neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, registered nurses, stroke
clinicians, stroke coordinator, therapists, technicians and case managers
all work collaboratively to provide care individualized to each and every
At the Marcu Neuroscience Institute, all of our stroke patients are met
at the door by experienced, dedicated stroke clinicians, nurses and doctors
that guide the patient through the process, to assure rapid and full spectrum
care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
Marcus Stroke Network
The Marcus Stroke Network is a collaborative group assembled with Emory
University that provides a framework for 10 hospitals guided by the American
Heart/American Stroke Association, throughout the United States. The group
that works together to develop protocols and practices that are evidence
based and up to date to assure stroke patients get the best care. Tele-stroke
services are offered to make sure rapid responses to stroke alerts occur
no matter the time of day or night.
What is the treatment for stroke?
The number one treatment for stroke is prevention. However, when a stroke
occurs you must get to the closest Comprehensive Stroke Center to receive
time sensitive care by calling 911. Once at the hospital, rapid assessment
and prompt diagnosis will be completed including advanced imaging to determine
if the patient is a candidate for thrombolittic therapy (clot busting drug).
Sometimes the clot is too big to be completely dissolved or the bleeding
is too severe and may require another treatment, which is called neuro-interventional
surgery. This surgery specializes in using a minimally invasive approach
to treat stroke, hemorrhages, aneurysms and other vascular diseases of
the brain, head, neck and spine.
Stroke Achievement Award
Boca Raton Regional Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus
Elite Plus Quality Achievement award. The award recognizes the Hospital’s
commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment
according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded
on the latest scientific evidence.
The Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement
measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level
for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper
use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date,
evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing
mortality and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients
should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up
visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
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.
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.
Speak to a member of our Stroke team at 561-955-4134.