If you are experiencing a stroke, brain aneurysm or other neurovascular condition, your best option for recovery is our Stroke and Neurovascular Program.
Our physicians, nurses and staff provide specialized care for a variety of conditions, even the most complex. Those conditions may include the following:
- Stroke occurs when something, such as a blood clot, blocks or reduces blood flow to the brain. Brain cells begin to die as their supply of oxygen is cut off, so call 911 immediately if you observe stroke symptoms.
- Brain aneurysm (cerebral aneurysm) is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of an artery in the head.
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVM) of the brain and spine is group of blood vessels that forms incorrectly.
- Fistulas are an irregular connection between an artery and a vein, including dural arteriovenous fistula (dAVF) and cavernous-carotid fistulas (CCFs).
- Stenosis is a narrowing of the head and neck arteries often caused by atherosclerosis.
- Moyamoya disease is a progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain.
Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
During recovery immediately following a stroke, neurovascular surgery or brain injury, patients benefit from highly specialized care in our dedicated Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and acute care unit at Froedtert Hospital.
Specialized Care by Full-Time, Board-Certified Neuro-Intensivists
The units are staffed by full-time board-certified/board-eligible neuro-intensivists, physicians specially trained for critical care of patients with brain and spine conditions of the blood vessels.
In the NICU, patients with serious neurological conditions of all kinds receive coordinated, skilled care and round-the-clock monitoring. Equipped with state-of-the-science technology, an experienced team of physicians, nurses, therapists and other health professionals collaborate to quickly meet patient needs. On the acute care unit, the same team of physicians, therapists and counselors provide care to patients throughout their stay.
Proven Patient Benefits
Recovery in neuroscience intensive care units has been shown to improve a patient’s sense of wellbeing and decrease the length of stay. Experts from other medical disciplines are readily available for consultation, creating a holistic recovery process and promoting a faster return to activities. It is a level of care expected by programs that have been certified as Comprehensive Stroke Center and Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
Neuro-Intensive Care Focuses on Recovery, Prevention
Patients recovering from stroke, neurosurgery and neurovascular injuries benefit from the NICU’s specialized critical care. The NICU is often the bridge between initial emergency care or surgery and preventive care to minimize the risk of future strokes or neurovascular events.
Once in the NICU, patient care focuses on recovery and prevention. Our expert team of specialists also identifies and manages secondary health issues than can impact neurovascular health. In this way, care is based on individual patient needs. Patients are taught about their conditions and associated risk factors that are unique to them.