Strokes happen when the brain doesn’t get the nutrients or oxygen it needs. They occur when blood flow is interrupted or stopped as the result of either a blood vessel in the brain that’s blocked by a clot or the vessel is broken (which causes bleeding in the brain).

Our Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center excels in achieving the best possible results for patients."

When someone begins experiencing symptoms of a stroke, it’s a medical emergency. For every minute a stroke goes untreated, about 2 million never cells are lost.

As an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, UT Southwestern is recognized for offering an exceptional level of expertise in rapidly diagnosing strokes and effective options to treat them.

UT Southwestern offers the highest level of stroke care for all types of strokes at all stages. This includes leading-edge care for:

  • Ischemic stroke: The most common type of stroke, it occurs when an obstruction such as a blood clot blocks a blood vessel that carries blood to the brain
  • Hemorrhagic stroke: Occurs when a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into the brain
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA): A “mini” stroke that resolves within 24 hours, but is often a warning sign of a future stroke.

Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center

UT Southwestern is an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in North Texas, as certified by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This designation recognizes our team's unique offerings that provide stroke patients with the best possible chance of recovery, including:

  • A coordinated team of highly trained stroke specialists available 24/7
  • The latest treatments applied by experts who were involved in testing them
  • Emergency care to evaluate strokes and provide immediate treatment
  • A stroke unit and dedicated neurocritical care unit
  • Advanced imaging for evaluation, as well as advanced medical, surgical, and endovascular interventions for treatment
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Ongoing stroke research

The UT Southwestern Difference

UT Southwestern stroke specialists have expertise in every technique, approach, and medication that’s available to give stroke patients the best possible outcomes. This includes treatments such as intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) and endovascular rescue therapy.

Our teams also offer patients access to innovations in stroke care, including treatment options for cerebrovascular disorders. UT Southwestern evaluates these innovative treatments for effectiveness, and then often becomes the first hospital in North Texas to offer them.

In addition to treatment after a stroke, our experts also work with patients to help manage stroke risks – such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, and high cholesterol – and prevent future strokes.

Request an Appointment

If someone is experiencing a stroke, call 911.

If an appointment is needed for someone that’s had a stroke or to understand options for preventing strokes, please schedule an appointment with a stroke specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.