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Comprehensive Stroke Center

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at MUSC Health is one of the nation’s leading stroke-certified hospitals. Our specialists are internationally recognized as being among the best in the field. Here, you will find more diagnostic tools and treatment options than at any other center in South Carolina.

Stroke Care at MUSC Health: Why Choose Us?

When you come to MUSC Health for treatment of stroke and cerebrovascular disorders, you benefit from:

  • Unparalleled response time: Our team has one of the fastest times in the country for treating strokes and restoring blood flow to the brain. We consistently exceed national benchmarks for time to treatment. Learn more about how we are doing.
  • Cutting-edge treatments: As a certified stroke center, we offer advanced treatments not found at other facilities. Our doctors pioneered a safer way to remove stroke-causing blood clots. The direct aspiration, first pass technique (ADAPT) restores blood flow to the brain faster by swiftly suctioning out large blood clots. With ADAPT, there is less risk of the clot breaking up and blocking blood flow elsewhere in the brain.
  • Depth of experience: We have one of the largest aneurysm programs in the country, treating up to 5 times as many patients as most hospitals. This large volume gives our doctors exceptional expertise and leads to better patient outcomes. Meet our team.
  • Leaders in stroke care: We are a nationally recognized stroke-certified hospital. Our recognitions include:
    • Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
    • The first medical center in South Carolina to earn The Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center certification
  • Innovation: Our team actively participates in clinical trials testing new treatments that may improve patient outcomes. Our doctors work closely with experts at the MUSC Stroke Research and Education Center.

Cerebrovascular Disorders We Treat

Our doctors diagnose and treat a variety of problems that affect the brain and surrounding blood vessels (cerebrovascular problems). Health conditions we treat include:

  • Strokes
  • Aneurysms
  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
  • Tumors

Treating Strokes & Cerebrovascular Disorders

Our doctors use advanced imaging to develop treatment and rehabilitation plans targeted to your specific needs. Our treatment options include:

  • Stroke thrombectomy: The use of a small device to break up or remove a blood clot in the brain. ADAPT, a suctioning technique pioneered at MUSC Health, removes large blood clots quickly with less risk of the clot breaking up and traveling throughout the brain.
  • Endovascular coiling (embolization): Surgery to insert a coil device that keeps blood from flowing into an aneurysm, a bulging weak area in an artery
  • Cerebral aneurysm clipping: Placing a clip device onto the opening of a brain aneurysm, a bulging weak area in an artery, to stop blood from flowing into it
  • Apollo™ system: Minimally invasive technique for removing difficult-to-reach blood clots once considered inoperable
  • Carotid endarterectomy: Surgery to remove plaque from inside the carotid artery
  • Carotid artery stenting: Surgery to insert a metal mesh to hold open an artery
  • Medications: Clot-busting drugs, called thrombolytics, to dissolve blood clots and blood thinners to reduce the risk of clots forming

Dedicated Stroke Services

Our doctors use the latest technology to provide expert care. Our stroke treatment center offers:  

Specialized intensive care unit:

You will receive top-level care in our Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (NSICU), the only one in the state staffed by neurointensivists. These doctors have specialized training in nervous system diseases.

Advanced imaging:

Our doctors use the latest imaging technology to determine whether you are a good candidate for a thrombectomy, a procedure to remove blood clots. These findings help us create a treatment plan specific to your unique health needs. Our advanced imaging technology includes:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scan: An X-ray of the skull and brain reveals brain abnormalities, such as insufficient blood flow or a ruptured blood vessel.
  • Computed tomography (CT) angiogram: Your doctor takes pictures with a CT scan as an injection of iodine-rich contrast material flows through your blood vessels to the brain, highlighting any abnormalities.
  • Computed tomography (CT) perfusion: This test shows the areas of the brain that are adequately receiving blood and provides information about blood flow to the brain.

Rehabilitation services:

Specialists in our occupational therapy neurological rehabilitation services program work with you to help you regain function and return to daily activities more quickly.

Statewide stroke care:

Doctors from across South Carolina tap the expertise of MUSC Health stroke experts via our Neuroscience Telehealth Programs. This partnership allows patients to receive quality care closer to home. Since 2008, our doctors have used advanced technologies to help more than 8,500 stroke patients statewide.

Stroke clinics:

Our stroke experts see patients on the main campus of MUSC Health in Charleston, as well as at our regional clinic locations in Mount Pleasant and Murrell’s Inlet.

Contact Us

To learn more about the Comprehensive Stroke Center at MUSC Health, please call 843-792-3223.

Refer a Patient

Submit an online appointment referral form or call our 24-hour referring physician service, MEDULINE, at 800-922-5250

 

Locations

The Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center team sees patients in downtown Charleston,  Mount Pleasant, and Murrell's Inlet, SC.

Downtown Charleston, SC

Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425

Mount Pleasant, SC

East Cooper Medical Pavilion
1600 Midtown Avenue, 2nd floor
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Murrell's Inlet, SC

MUSC Health Neurosurgery
Wachesaw Medical Center
4367 Riverwood Drive
Murrell's Inlet, SC 29576

 

Our Team

It takes a wide array of medical and surgical specialists to solve the complex issues associated with stroke and other cerebrovascular problems. In addition to providing the highest level of stroke care for our patients, our team is also committed to training the next generation of leaders in stroke and advancing the prevention and care of stroke patients through cutting edge research. You can learn more about our education and research activities at the Stroke Research and Education Center website.

The following specialists work together to ensure each patient receives optimal care and outcomes.

Additional Care Team Members

Stroke neurology:
Tina Dvoren-Baker, NP
Sarah Creed, NP

Cerebrovascular and minimally invasive cerebrovascular neurosurgery:
Morgan Bryson, RN
Megan Fulton, PA-C  
Abbie Ensor, RN  
Christa Lizzi, RN
Jordan Ponder, RN
Dorothy Tyson, NP

Neuroendovascular surgery:
Megan Fulton, PA-C   
Erin Lewis, RN

Neuro-intensive care:
Melissa Hill, NP  
Stephanie James, NP

Stroke administration:
Christina Blake, BSN, RN | Stroke Program Manager
Steve Rublee, MHA | Administrator, Mental Health and Neurosciences Service Lines
 

Stroke Videos

The MUSC Health Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center Team are pleased to share the following videos, patient stories, physician profiles and animations.