In the event of a stroke, every second counts. Getting help quickly, and knowing where to find the best care can save lives.

The Harvey R. Chaplin Family Stroke and Chest Pain Center at Mount Sinai has earned designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, assuring patients that it follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve the outcomes of the most complex stroke cases. Mount Sinai was only the second hospital in Miami-Dade County and one of just 16 in the state to receive the designation. Awarded by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the Comprehensive Stroke Center designation means that Mount Sinai has developed system-wide initiatives on stroke prevention, rehabilitation, education, community awareness, and research. The Harvey R. Chaplin Family Stroke and Chest Pain Center has also received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. This is the top honor presented in recognition of meeting all of the “Get With the Guidelines” stroke performance indicators and quality measures. The award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients. Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s “Get With the Guidelines” stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes.

The American Stroke Association estimates that approximately 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. It is the No. 3 cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood it needs to survive. If given within three hours of initial symptoms, clot-dissolving medication can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

Mount Sinai’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is staffed and equipped around the clock to swiftly and accurately diagnose and treat acute stroke victims. We provide access to the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances and offer the widest range of interventional options to stop a stroke in progress and minimize the potential damage. Mount Sinai’s emergency rooms in both Aventura and Miami Beach are equipped with 64-slice CT scanners to help in diagnosing whether a patient is having a stroke and the departments follow specific protocols to assure care is provided quickly and efficiently. In addition, Mount Sinai has a 3T MRI to help diagnose and a Siemens-Artis Zee Biplane System to treat the most complex cases. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, we have the technology and the expertise in diagnostic and neurointerventional radiology to remove clots or blockages from blood vessels in the neck or brain – truly the most complex of all stroke cases.

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