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.