We provide emergency treatments for such conditions as acute stroke and brain bleeds, where immediate interventions are required, but also elective treatments for aneurysms and other vascular lesions that are discovered incidentally. A dedicated neurovascular surgeon is on-call and ready to mobilize a team at a moment’s notice – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We streamline access to emergency neurovascular care for referring physicians, guaranteeing you will receive the timeliest and best care anywhere. Help is only a phone call away.
Our state-of-the-art, VISIUS Surgical Theater is equipped with a powerful MRI that provides highly detailed images and an integrated, bi-plane X-ray angiography system that allows our experts to better visualize arteries and vessels. The ability to receive pre-operative diagnostic imaging, open micro-surgery, percutaneous, catheter-based endovascular treatments and post-operative checks all in the same room while you are lying on the same table is unique in the tri-state area and a model system in North America and the world. This advanced technology makes it possible to tackle the most complex neurovascular conditions with the highest degree of safety.
Our services include:
- Dedicated neuro-intensive care unit
- Stroke consult service with a patient and family-centered approach to the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with cerebrovascular disease
- Specialized stroke clinics for community physician referrals, stroke consults and for primary and secondary stroke prevention
Through our Stroke Telemedicine Program, our neurologists use a video and image-sharing telecommunications system to provide acute stroke care consultative services to outlying hospitals in the state when patients present with acute stroke symptoms. We work in collaboration with the clinical staff in the emergency department to evaluate and treat patients presenting with acute neurological emergencies. Yale New Haven Hospital is the only hospital in Connecticut to offer stroke telemedicine services.
Within minutes of making an initial call to the Stroke Telemedicine Program, the on-call neurologist can examine a patient at the remote hospital to help diagnose and make recommendations for treatment. We offer selected patients the opportunity for treatment with IV tPA and to be transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital for neuro-interventional procedures. tPA is the only FDA-approved treatment for strokes caused by blocked blood vessels, which account for the vast majority of strokes.
Telestroke programs throughout the country have demonstrated that telemedicine conferencing between outlying hospitals and trained stroke neurologists can enhance the use of tPA at hospitals that do not have on-site neurologists 24/7. We found a 90 percent increase in the rate of IV tPA administration and a reduction in the rate of symptomatic hemorrhage when comparing services before and after introducing our Stroke Telemedicine Program at outlying hospitals.