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Drexel Medicine's Stroke Program

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Drexel Medicine's Joint Commission-certified stroke program is a collaborative effort with Hahnemann University Hospital to offer comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for people who have suffered a stroke. The use of innovative and investigational treatments for stroke and critical neurologic conditions is emphasized in the program. Drexel stroke specialists offer patients the best possible opportunity for recovery. When caring for patients, the stroke program uses state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology and the most up-to-date treatment options.

The Drexel Medicine stroke program offers evaluation, preventive strategies, and lifestyle modification plans to reduce risk. Research is also an important part of the program and we are actively involved in ongoing clinical trials and collaborations to discover why stroke occurs, who is at risk for stroke, how to best diagnose and evaluate a stroke patient, the best management of stroke, and how recovery can be stimulated.

Learn more about hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke.

Diagnosing a Stroke

In addition to imaging studies such as an MRI or CT, the following tests provided by the Drexel Neurosciences Institute can be useful in diagnosing a stroke:

Neuropsychological Evaluation

A neuropsychological evaluation consists of paper-and-pencil or computerized tests that are used to determine brain function. Intelligence, memory, language function, and overall function are usually evaluated to see if there is an indication of loss of ability due stroke.

Neuropsychological tests are administered privately with an examiner in a quiet office environment, free from distractions. This allows for an evaluation of a person at their highest level of concentration.

Balance Testing

Balance testing analyzes six different aspects of balance. This unique evaluation tool is appropriate for patients of any age with any severity of balance problems. It can be useful in assessing patients with Parkinson's disease, cerebellar ataxia, vestibular disorders, neuropathy, head injury, stroke, and cerebral palsy.

Treatment for Stroke

Initial treatment of a stroke involves dissolving or removing the clot that caused the stroke to occur. Prevention of future events is key, and can include interventions that lower the patient's blood pressure and/or reduce the likelihood of another clot forming.

Recovery time following a stroke varies greatly. In addition to physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, many patients benefit from related treatments.

Learn more about the types of stroke.

Learn more about different treatments for stroke.

Stroke Research

Research plays an important role in our stroke treatment program. Through clinical trials and collaborations, we're able to improve our understanding of stroke and offer you or your loved one the most advanced stroke treatment options available.

At Drexel Medicine, our clinical research aims to discover the following information about stroke and how it affects our patients:

  • Who is at risk for stroke
  • How to best diagnose and evaluate a stroke patient
  • Best management of stroke
  • How recovery can be stimulated

Learn more about stroke research taking place at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Learn about our clinical trials for stroke patients.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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