Stroke Best Practices

Stroke is a serious medical condition and a major cause of death and serious disability in the U.S. Treatment of stroke with state-of-the-art techniques soon after the onset of symptoms is important for patients to have the best results. As a result, specialized stroke centers have been developed to provide the best care for stroke patients. UT Southwestern is one of two comprehensive stroke centers in Texas certified by The Joint Commission and the only such center in North Texas.

In general, there are two types of stroke. An ischemic stroke results when the blood supply to a portion of the brain is cut off by an artery clogged with atherosclerosis plaque or a blood clot. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when bleeding into the brain occurs after the rupture of a blood vessel. 

Compare UT Southwestern's scores with state and national averages for the following core measures:

Best Practices/Core MeasuresUT Southwestern University Hospitals
Ischemic stroke patients who received drugs to prevent clots
Ischemic stroke patients who received cholesterol-lowering drugs
Stroke patients or caregivers who received stroke care education
Stroke patients evaluated for rehabilitation services