Kettering Medical Center (will be Kettering Health Main Campus) was the first hospital in the nation to earn accreditation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). We have the technology and expertise to save lives and preserve brain function.
Our Approach to Stroke Care
When minutes matter, we use the latest technology to provide lifesaving care. We have a team of expert physicians, stroke-trained nurses, and support staff who work together to stop strokes and reverse their impact. Our comprehensive-care approach provides specialized rehabilitation to help our patients return to their prior level of function to support the best quality of life.
Types of Stroke
The strokes we treat are categorized as the following:
- Hemorrhagic strokes: caused by a burst aneurysm (weakened, bulging areas of a blood vessel)
- Ischemic strokes: caused by a blood clot or narrowed blood vessel
- Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs): caused by temporary a blood-flow disruption (also called “mini strokes” or warning strokes)
A fast diagnosis is key to providing stroke treatment in a safe time window. We use the latest diagnostic tools to assess your stroke as quickly as possible.
All of our emergency centers offer telestroke services. Once you arrive at an emergency center, a stroke expert evaluates your condition through a video conference. We immediately determine if you need medication or surgery.
We use the RAPID™ imaging platform to locate the exact location of a blood clot. This software analyzes CT scans of your brain to help us determine if you need a thrombectomy (surgery to remove a blood clot).
Our stroke treatments focus on stopping your stroke and reversing damage. Neurologists, neurosurgeons, and neurointerventional radiologists work together to deliver timely care.
We use tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to dissolve blood clots causing ischemic strokes. This clot-dissolving drug is given as quickly as possible after symptoms start (within four hours). You may receive tPA systemically (through a vein in your arm) or intra-arterially (through a catheter, or flexible tube).
A thrombectomy is a minimally invasive emergency surgery to remove a blot clot. A neurointerventionalist makes a small incision in your wrist or groin. They thread a catheter through a blood vessel to the location of the clot. Using a stent retriever (expandable device that grabs the clot), we remove the clot and restore blood flow to the brain.
At Kettering Health, we offer advanced endovascular procedures to prevent strokes. Neurointerventionalists use catheters to perform the following minimally invasive surgeries inside blood vessels:
- Carotid angioplasty and stenting to widen narrowed arteries
- Endovascular coil embolization to prevent brain bleeds due to burst aneurysms
Learn more about our endovascular surgery.
Stroke Support and Rehabilitation
We’re here to offer support through every phase of your stroke recovery. We provide comprehensive outpatient stroke rehabilitation at our NeuroRehab and Balance Center. We also offer a support group so you can connect with other stroke survivors and share your experiences.