A stroke—or brain attack—occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted either by a blood clot or burst blood vessel in the brain. Stroke is a serious medical emergency. At the MUSC Health Comprehensive Stroke Center, our stroke specialists have one of the fastest times in the country for treating stroke patients with clot-busting medication or necessary medical procedures. With one of the nation's largest teams of top stroke and cerebrovascular specialists supported by a full range of leading-edge technology and facilities, our patients receive care available only at the most elite neuroscience medical centers in the country.
Time to Doctor
When a patient arrives with symptoms of a stroke, MUSC Health neurologists and other members of our stroke team receive an emergency alert.
Time to CT Scan
A CT Scan is used to take pictures of a patient’s brain at different angles. These pictures of the brain are used to make an image that will help doctors identify the type or location of a stroke.
Time to Treatment
A Clot-Busting Medicine, such as IV tPA
Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is a medicine that can break up blood clots in the arteries of the brain. tPA can improve blood flow to the brain and may improve the chances of recovering from a stroke.
Life Saving Procedures
MUSC Health Stroke Experts perform procedures such as endovascular coiling, a minimally invasive technique to block blood flow to an aneurysm; thrombectomy to remove blood clots; and carotid endarterectomy to remove plaque and restore blood flow to the arteries that supply blood to the brain.