Neurologic Care You Can Depend On
A stroke is frightening and can make you feel uncertain. Lean on the stroke specialists at AdventHealth Tampa, formerly Florida Hospital Tampa, to help provide clarity and a path forward. As one of Tampa’s only Comprehensive Stroke Centers, we’re well-equipped to respond to signs of a stroke with speed, efficiency, and a high level of care. Our multidisciplinary team includes acute stroke specialists, neurologists, neurointerventional radiologists, neuroimaging specialists, neurosurgeons, and rehabilitation therapists. We’ll be there for you before, during, and long after your stroke, caring for you with a whole-person, compassionate approach.
When You Need It Most
- Diagnosing a Stroke. Acting Fast to Care for You.
If you’re experiencing stroke symptoms, call 911 right away. You want answers and solutions. You want them now. The emergency stroke team at AdventHealth Tampa, formerly Florida Hospital Tampa, provides the only 24/7 interventional neuroradiology coverage in Central Florida. It starts with a diagnosis. Your initial screening will include a discussion about your medical history and risk factors, combined with an assessment of your symptoms. If we suspect a stroke, we’ll act fast, diagnosing you with the help of a number of tests, including:
- Blood Tests
- CT Scans
- Carotid Angiographies
- Carotid Ultrasounds
- Electrocardiograms (EKGs)
- Physical Exams
Once we confirm your stroke diagnosis, we can set a plan in motion to help treat you with the quick, compassionate care you deserve.
- Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
When it comes to strokes, it’s important to call 911 right away. It’s also important to be informed. When you understand stroke symptoms, you can be better prepared and empowered to recognize when you or a loved one need help. There are a few types of strokes, including:
- Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures.
- Ischemic stroke is the most common type and happens when a clot blocks a vessel supplying blood to the brain.
- Transient ischemic stroke, also called a “mini-stroke,” is a short episode of stroke symptoms that does not cause permanent damage but can lead to serious future strokes.
If you or a loved one experience symptoms of stroke like paralysis, numbness, dizziness, or confusion, stay calm and seek help. Use the letters in the word "F.A.S.T." to quickly identify stroke symptoms. The acronym stands for:
- Face Drooping
- Arm Weakness
- Speech Difficulty
- Time to Call 911
It's important to act quickly once you suspect a stroke. When you come to us, our Tampa hospital team be here ready to help with efficient expertise.
- Comprehensive Stroke Treatments for a Life of Wellness
Recovering from a stroke requires a strong support system. Our teams take a multidisciplinary, whole-person approach to your care that works with you at every step of your journey: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Because we don’t just want to treat your stroke. We want to prevent future strokes from happening. If you smoke, have heart disease, or have a family history of stroke, we’ll make sure to be proactive, performing regular screenings and putting you on a path of prevention. This might include medications, guidance, and positive lifestyle changes.
If a stroke happens, we’ll act quickly and decisively to help you find relief. Your stroke treatment plan may include:
- Blood Thinners
- Carotid Artery Angioplasty
- Minimally Invasive Endovascular Procedure
- Neuroendovascular Surgery (NES) for a More Minimally Invasive Procedure
- Surgical Blood Clot Removal or Clipping
- Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA)
After we treat the immediate stroke, our neurology and rehabilitation professionals will work together to help you rediscover your strength, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We combine support groups, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and more to make sure you have the care you need. Take our hand, and let us help guide you forward.
- Recognized Care. Better Results.
In a medical emergency like a stroke, you need a team you can trust. We’re proud to be that team. Our elite stroke program and neurology experts have been awarded the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GOLD Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and have been recognized as a recipient of their Target: Stroke Honor Roll for our expertise in stroke care.
We’re also certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and we’re one of the few centers in Tampa to be designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration. These accolades serve as proof of our commitment to leading care and better outcomes. We never stop caring for you.