Vascular Neurology (Stroke)

The Ochsner Neuroscience Institute's Comprehensive Stroke Center at Ochsner Medical Center offers an integrated team of board-certified physicians including neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional neuroradiologists providing the highest level of comprehensive care to manage a variety of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke disorders in the acute, post-acute and rehabilitation settings.

The program is the first in Louisiana to be named a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading healthcare accreditation organization, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  This confirms Ochsner has the resources, staff and training to effectively and consistently provide excellent stroke care leading to improved care and outcomes.

Ochsner Medical Center's level of care is independently verified as being among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for neurology and neurosurgery and by HealthGrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care.

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

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

There are two major types of stroke:

  1. Ischemic (or non-bloody) strokes occur when blood flow is blocked and hemorrhagic (bloody) strokes occur when a blood vessel breaks.
  2. A transient ischemic attack (TIA) occurs when symptoms of an ischemic stroke reverse within 24 hours.  An intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) occurs when the bleeding is within the brain and a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) occurs when the bleeding is around the brain.  

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.

The 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.

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient, call the Clinic Concierge at: 504-842-7436 or 1-855-312-4190.

  • The Clinic Concierge assists with getting copies of patient records and scheduling clinic appointments.
  • The Clinic Concierge team can also capture your preference for receiving post visit follow-up from the patient's appointment.

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.
  • Nationally ranked in Neurology & Neurosurgery by U.S. 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
  • 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)

Conditions Treated

At Ochsner, we provide our patients with the most advanced stroke care available in the state.  Our board certified vascular neurologists have access to advanced state of the art imaging of the brain like MRI and CT Perfusion.  24/7 availability for advanced acute ischemic stroke therapies.

Procedures and Testings Conducted

What is it for?

Doppler uses soundwaves to evaluate the flow in your blood vessels. It is used to look for blockages, irregular or abnormal vessels and heart abnormalities.

What is the test like?

A trained technician or physician will roll a transducer over your chest, neck and head as he/she watches a monitor. It is not painful and may take anywhere from just a few minutes to 30 minutes, depending on the studies ordered.

How do I prepare?

Just come as you are; there is nothing to prepare in advance.