Stroke center in Brandon, Florida

Brandon Regional Hospital is dedicated to quickly diagnosing a stroke and providing expedited, lifesaving treatment. As a result, The Joint Commission recognizes our hospital as a Primary Stroke Center.

If you think you are experiencing a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Our highly trained physicians work as a team to ensure every patient receives comprehensive, multidisciplinary care. The stroke team at our hospital may include emergency physicians, neurologists, surgeons, registered nurses, licensed therapists, pharmacy staff and radiologists—all with specialized training in meeting the needs of patients experiencing a stroke.

Emergency care for stroke

When a patient enters the ER at Brandon Regional Hospital, there is a set of protocols in place. We make sure each patient receives a thorough, fast evaluation and diagnosis. Our goal is to begin treatment as soon as possible.

Every patient is evaluated and treated using a uniform set of guidelines that address both emergency treatment and ongoing care. Fast, accurate imaging services are crucial in an emergency stroke situation. Our hospital completes vital, diagnostic imaging—which may include a head computed tomography (CT) scan or brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—within 45 minutes of admittance to the ER.

Our full-service medical laboratory is open 24/7 to analyze and provide test results in a timely manner when your life depends on it.

For questions about the stroke care at our hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.

Types of stroke

There are two types of stroke: hemorrhagic and ischemic. Both types can cause damage to the brain, but have different causes. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by bleeding in the brain—often due to a ruptured aneurysm—that puts pressure on the brain. An ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage in an artery supplying blood to the brain that deprives the brain of vital blood flow and oxygen supply.

Hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes are treated differently, as they are caused by different occurrences in the body.

Stroke treatment

Stroke treatments provided at our hospital include:

  • Aneurysm clipping—Used to treat hemorrhagic stroke, this procedure places a small clamp at the base of an aneurysm to stop the bleeding that is putting excessive pressure on the brain.
  • Aneurysm coiling—Used to treat hemorrhagic stroke, this procedure inserts a wire coil into the aneurysm that prevents blood from flowing in.
  • Carotid angioplasty and stenting—Used to treat ischemic stroke, this procedure inserts a catheter into the blocked artery and inserts a balloon to open it. Additionally, a stent may be placed to keep it from closing, this effectively restores blood flow through the artery.
  • Carotid endarterectomy—Used as a preventive measure before an ischemic stroke, this procedure removes plaque buildup from inside a carotid artery to restore normal blood flow before a stroke occurs.
  • Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) administration—Used to treat ischemic stroke, this drug is used to break down blood clots blocking blood flow to the brain. It is a type of blood thinner and cannot be used in the treatment of hemorrhagic stroke.
  • Thrombectomy—Used to treat an ischemic stroke, this is the surgical removal of a blood clot from inside a vein or artery.

Following initial treatment and recovery from a stroke, we offer patients access to stroke rehabilitation services on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Stroke symptoms

Knowing when you need to seek emergency care can be life-saving knowledge. If you notice one or more of the following signs of stroke, call 911 immediately.

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs—especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in American adults. Educating yourself on common stroke symptoms can help you know when you or a loved one needs to seek emergency care. Remember, the sooner medical intervention occurs, the better.

Coordinated heart and vascular care

The cardiac services offered at our hospital include vascular care. Vascular services provide multidisciplinary, coordinated care for patients with heart disease and vascular conditions, such as stroke.

Certain heart conditions—such as heart arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation—can increase a person's risk for experiencing a stroke. Our specialists offer a variety of treatments aimed at lowering a patient's risk for stroke following a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.