Our Treatment Philosophy

Until recently, physicians could treat only the devastating aftermath of stroke.

Advances in medical technology have made it possible to limit, and in some cases even prevent, the consequences of stroke if proper treatment is received quickly.

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked, depriving it of oxygen. Deprivation lasting more than a few moments can cause brain damage and result in permanent disability or death.

In the event of a stroke, time saved is brain saved. That’s why at the St. John Heyman Stroke Center we work to:

  • Reduce time delays for medical care in the Emergency Department by treating potential stroke patients as critical. That means no sitting in the waiting room while precious seconds tick by and permanent, long-term damage occurs.
  • Reduce medical complications
  • Reduce time in the hospital

Stroke Therapies

Stroke therapies include medical treatments, advanced endovascular and neurosurgical techniques, as well as interventional neuroradiology procedures. We also provide education and outreach programs to surrounding hospitals, because knowledge about how to treat stroke saves lives. To learn more about our treatment volumes and outcomes, click here.

A Team Approach

Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Radiologists
  • Primary care and internal medicine physicians
  • Stroke nurses
  • Cardiologists
  • EMS responders
  • Nutritionists
  • Emergency department physicians and nurses
  • Physical, occupational and speech-language therapists
  • Social services


The St. John Heyman Stroke Center is home to state-of-the-art technology, including CT and MRI scans, to evaluate brain tissue and blood vessels, fast acting medication to break up clots and endovascular procedures to remove clots.

We are excited to be at the forefront of saving lives from stroke damage. Only a few years ago, much of this technology simply wasn’t available.

Using strict treatment guidelines, St. John Heyman Stroke Center ensures each aspect of treatment is delivered at the appropriate time and with utmost attention to detail.