Vascular Neurology: Stroke







Stroke is the third most common cause of death in civilized countries and the leading cause of disability in adults.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain stops flowing, and the brain tissue which was meant to receive the blood stops functioning and dies because it doesn’t get the nutrients it needs.  The symptoms a stroke causes depend on the function of the tissue that is affected.

Approximately 85 percent of all strokes are ischemic, with hemorrhages accounting for about 15 percent. Often caused by disease of the cerebral blood vessels, strokes also can result from primary diseases of the heart or other parts of the body.

911The most common symptoms of a stroke are: trouble speaking, trouble seeing, weakness of one side of the body or difficulty walking.  If you or a loved one experiences one or several of these symptoms suddenly, please call 911.

How To Make An Appointment

Call (504) 842-3980


Ochsner Medical Center, 7th Floor
1514 Jefferson Hwy.
Jefferson, LA 70121

Accolades & Awards

  • Ochsner Medical Center has achieved certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, making us the first in the Gulf South to be part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care.
  • America's 100 Best Stroke Care (Healthgrades, 2015)
  • Five-Star for Neurosurgery (Healthgrades, 2015)
  • Five-Star for Treatment of Stroke (Healthgrades, 2015)
  • Neurosciences Excellence Award (Healthgrades, 2015)
  • Neurosurgery Excellence Award (Healthgrades, 2015)
  • Stroke Care Excellence Award (Healthgrades, 2015)
  • Nationally ranked in Neurology & Neurosurgery by US News & World Report
  • Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center since 2005
  • Gold Plus Target status from the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines for stroke treatment
    US News 2014-2015, Neurology, Ochsner    null AHA Get with the Guidelines for Stroke, Ochsner Neurology  

Patient Information

  • Specialists in the field of vascular neurology help patients find out the cause for their disease, as well as their risk factors, and aid in creating a plan to minimize the likelihood of these events occurring again by managing the risk factors that make them more prone to occur.
  • Patients who have had stroke or transient strokes (TIA’s) should visit our clinic for risk assessment and modification, to prevent new events from happening.  Also, patients with intracerebral hemorrhages and subarachnoid hemorrhages should see a vascular neurologist.

  • Our endovascular clinic provides care for patients with ruptured and unruptured aneurysm, as well as arteriovenous malformations.

  • Acute (within 3-6 hours of most types of stroke) treatment of a stroke can reverse or decrease the amount of injury.  Ochsner Acute Stroke Intervention Service or OASIS is available 24hr/day, 7 days/week.  It is run by Stroke Neurologists who work very closely with Interventional Cardiology.

  • Preventing strokes either prior to ever having one or after one has occurred involves management of heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol.  Tobacco use remains the biggest risk that can be avoided.  Your doctor may also place you on an aspirin (reduces risk of stroke by a third), blood thinner or other type of medicine to reducing clotting.  Finding out the cause of the stroke is one of the most important steps in being able to reduce the risk of another one occurring.

  • Assessing risk of stroke in patients who may have inherited diseases or other, less common causes of stroke is an important responsibility of a trained Stroke Neurologist.

  • Rehabilitating those who have had strokes takes an integral team of physical, occupational, and speech therapists as well as physiatrists and social workers.