Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke; nearly one-fourth of those are repeat cases. Stroke is the #1 cause of disability in adults and costs the United States an estimated $34 billion each year, including the cost of healthcare services, medications and missed days of work.

1 in 6

People will have a stroke in their lifetime.

Why Ochsner for Stroke Care?

The Ochsner Neuroscience Institute’s Comprehensive Stroke Center has become a destination center for stroke and neuroscience patients throughout the Gulf South region.

The death rate for stroke is highest in the southeastern United States — but not at Ochsner Medical Center, where patients survive at rates that exceed even the national expected norms.

At Ochsner, stroke care begins with treating the life-threatening condition quickly in order to ensure all patients who qualify receive state-of-the-art intervention. Through our Telestroke System, we provide rapid treatment of stroke through connecting physicians via telemedicine so that they are virtually “at the bedside” within minutes in over 30 emergency departments in the Gulf South. While hospitalized, patients will benefit from our multidisciplinary approach which encompasses inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation and includes an innovative at home follow-up education program that decreases the rates of stroke recurrence and readmission.

Award-winning quality

  • Recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s for achieving the "Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award."
    • We're committed to providing stroke care that aligns with the latest research-based treatment guidelines, as studies show patients can recover better when these guidelines are consistently followed.
  • Ranked by Healthgrades as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care (TM) for seven years in a row (2012-2018)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award (TM)
  • Named among the Top 5% in the nation for Treatment of a Stroke for eight years in a row (2011-2018) by Healthgrades

Conditions Treated

Stroke Quality Metrics

Stroke Central encompasses the inpatient Comprehensive Stroke Care Program. The program provides a real-time, proactive approach to ensure the patient receives the best care with the best opportunity for recovery. All patients who present to Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans are eligible for this program. Stroke Mobile continues the program into the home. This portion of the program focuses on education, behavior and lifestyle modification to reduce the likelihood of another stroke. Patients who reside in Jefferson, St. Tammany or Orleans Parish are eligible for this program.

More than half of Ochsner’s stroke patients are discharged home to their families allowing them to enjoy life in their most comfortable environment.

Ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. It accounts for 87 percent of all stroke cases. Hemorrhagic stroke accounts for about 13 percent of stroke cases. It results from a weakened vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain. The blood accumulates and compresses the surrounding brain tissue. The two types of hemorrhagic stroke are intracerebral (within the brain) hemorrhage or subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rtPA) is the only approved therapy for acute ischemic stroke (AIS). Ochsner’s stroke treatment team has seen positive outcomes, with an improved rate of complications.


Mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke is a minimally invasive procedure in which the clot responsible for the stroke is removed from the artery of the brain. This procedure is performed by highly specialized physicians and can be safely performed only on patients who meet certain criteria. A thrombectomy allows for reestablishment of blood flow to brain tissue in order to minimize the damage of the stroke.

There are several other procedures that a stroke patient may have to undergo during their hospitalization. These procedures are performed by highly specialized physicians including vascular surgeons, neuroradiologists, and neurosurgeons.

Research Conducted at Ochsner

  • Ochsner is one of 26 organizations receiving a Health Care Innovation Award. Utilizing the Innovation Award, Ochsner will focus on better serving almost 1000 acute stroke patients in Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes by employing two telemedicine enabled concepts called “Stroke Central” and “Stroke Mobile.” These systems will enable care providers to monitor patients, evaluate outcomes, and check on medication and treatment adherence on a real-time basis both in the hospital and in the home. The program will continue to monitor patients over a 12 month period resulting in improved quality of life, improved acute stroke management and reduced complications.
  • ATTACH II
  • Stroke Mobile Grant
  • Socrates
  • Mariss
  • RE-SPECT ESUS (IRB Approved)
    • Randomized, double-blind evaluation in secondary stroke prevention comparing the efficacy and safety of the thrombin inhibitor dabigatran etexilate 110 or 150 mg (twice daily) versus acetylsalicylic acid (100 mg once daily) in patients with embolic stroke of undetermined source (RE-SPECT ESUS)
  • MILESTONE (IRB approved)
    • A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Two Dose Strengths of Dalfampridine Extended Release Tablets for Treatment of Stable Walking Deficits in Post-Ischemic Stroke (MILESTONESM)

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.

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