Stroke

Vidant Health is proud to offer top-notch neurological services across eastern North Carolina, and that includes a strong network of expert stroke care. This is especially important, since stroke is a serious health concern that occurs all too frequently in our communities.

A number of our hospitals have earned special stroke certifications and all are connected by Telestroke, a system that uses video conferencing and diagnostic imaging review to quickly evaluate and treat stroke. At the helm of this growing network is Vidant Medical Center (VMC) in Greenville, where teams are specially trained to treat complex stroke cases, and patients have access to 24/7 surgical care. VMC is home to eastern North Carolina’s only intensive care unit staffed especially for stroke patients, and has received advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from The Joint Commission, The American Heart Association and The American Stroke Association.

Both Vidant Edgecombe Hospital and Vidant Duplin Hospital are designated as Primary Stroke Centers. Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital is recognized as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital. These certifications mean that our hospitals are equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care resulting in improved patient outcomes and more lives saved.

Jennifer's story
Jennifer Holley was just 29 years old, and the mother of a newborn, when she had a stroke. Luckily, her husband recognized the signs and got Jennifer to a Vidant hospital to get the care she needed. Jennifer's story explains what Vidant Medical Center's Comprehensive Stroke designation means for eastern North Carolina.

A stroke is a medical emergency. Always call 9-1-1 first.

Treatments

There is no cure for stroke once it has occurred. But advanced medical and surgical treatments are available. These can help reduce your risk for another stroke.

Your healthcare provider will create a care plan for you based on:

  • Your age, overall health, and past health
  • Type of stroke
  • Severity of your stroke
  • Specific location in the brain where your stroke occurred
  • Cause of your stroke
  • Your ability to handle certain medicines, treatments or therapies
  • Your opinion or preference

Treatment is most effective when started right away. Emergency treatment after a stroke may include:

  • Clot-busting medicines (thrombolytics or fibrinolytics). These medicines dissolve the blood clots that cause an ischemic stroke. They can help reduce the damage to brain cells caused by the stroke. To be most effective, they must be given within 3 hours of a stroke occurring.
  • Mechanical Thrombectomy. This procedure can help in certain situations when the patient has a blockage in one of the large arteries in the brain. It involves inserting a catheter with a "stent retriever" into the artery to remove the clot that is causing stroke symptoms. This treatment can reduce long-term disability caused by the stroke.
  • Medicines and therapy to reduce or control brain swelling. Special types of IV (intravenous) fluids are often used to help reduce or control brain swelling. They are used especially after a hemorrhagic stroke.
  • Neuroprotective medicines. These medicines help protect the brain from damage and lack of oxygen (ischemia).
  • Life support measures. These treatments include using a machine to help you breathe (a ventilator), having IV fluids, getting proper nutrition, and controlling your blood pressure.
  • Craniotomy. This is a type of brain surgery that is done to remove blood clots, relieve pressure, or repair bleeding in the brain.
Get the most from a visit to your health care provider:
  • Before your visit, write down questions you want answered.

  • At the visit, write down the names of new medicines, treatments, or tests and any new instructions your provider gives you.

  • Know how you can contact your provider after office hours. This is important if you become ill and you have questions or need advice.

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