Rapid Stroke Treatment

Each year more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke, causing one out of every 20 deaths in this country according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not only is stroke the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., it is also the leading cause of adult disability.

Medical professionals at The George Washington University Hospital provide fast and efficient stroke care, helping patients reach a better outcome after suffering a stroke emergency. They are recognized as leaders in stroke care through their efforts in promoting stroke prevention and practicing quality stroke treatment.

Hemorrhagic Stroke Treatment

There are two types of strokes: ischemic and hemorrhagic. While the clot-dissolving medicine, tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA), is the drug of choice for ischemic stroke, treatment of hemorrhagic stroke requires a different approach.

Learn more about the two types of stroke, the signs and symptoms and ways to reduce your risk >

The team at GW Hospital diagnoses and treats hemorrhagic stroke patients with technologically advanced treatment modalities:

Endovascular Treatment

The treatment of brain aneurysms, AVM’s and carotid artery blockage through a catheter that’s inserted into the arteries. Methods include:

Endovascular coiling: treats an aneurysm by packing the weakened area of the ballooning vessel with small coils that fill the space and prevent bleeding.
GW Outcomes: In Q1 2015 - Q3 2015, 100% of our patients were stroke and mortality free within 24 hours after procedure.

Endovascular embolization of AVM: an injection of a small amount of glue-like material that seals off the abnormal connection between vessels.
GW Outcomes: In Q1 2015 - Q3 2015, patients that received treatment for an AVM were 100% stroke and mortality free within 30 days of procedure.

Endovascular stenting of carotid artery occlusions: a metal mesh tube is used to re-establish normal blood flow to the brain and is deployed through a catheter.
GW Outcomes: In Q1 2015 - Q3 2015, among patients that have undergone carotid stenting or carotid angioplasty, 100% were stroke free and 100% were re-intervention free within 30 days after procedure.

Surgical Treatment

The treatment of brain aneurysms and AVM’s with surgical approaches, such as:
Surgical clipping: treats an aneurysm by placing a clip across its neck or origin to prevent filling of the aneurysm.
GW Outcomes: 100% of our patients were stroke, re-intervention, re-bleeding and mortality free in Q1 2015 - Q3 2015.

Surgical resection of AVM’s: the surgical removal of an AVM to prevent further bleeding
GW Outcomes: Patient who have undergone this treatment modality were 100% stroke and mortality free in Q1 2015 - Q3 2015.

Carotid endarterectomies: surgical treatment for carotid artery blockage by opening the artery and cleaning out the debris causing narrowing of the vessel.
GW Outcomes: 100% of our patients were stroke and re-intervention free in Q1 2015 - Q3 2015. Mortality rate is 1.8%

Diagnostic Neuroangiography

An advanced imaging technique where an interventionalist accesses neck and brain vessels through an artery in the groin. This diagnostic technique allows precise mapping of brain arteries and problem areas.
GW Outcomes: Q1 2015 – Q3 2015, there were 194 diagnostic cerebral angiograms performed that were stroke and mortality free within 24 hours.

Ischemic Stroke Volumes and Performance

  2014 Stroke Volumes:  
  Patient Type   # of Admission
  Ischemic Stroke:   372
  Intracerebral Hemorrhage:   74
  Subarachnoid Hemorrhage:   50
  Transient Ischemic Attack:   143
  GW National Performance Measures (Data from Q3 2014 - Q2 2015):  
  Stroke Performance Measures   Compliance Rate *
  Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis During the Hospital Stay:    96.8%
  Antithrombotic Prescribed at Discharge:    99.6%
  Anticoagulant Prescribed at Discharge for Afib:    97.1%
  tPA Given within 3 Hours of Onset of Stroke:    100%
  Antithrombotic Prescribed by Day 2 of Hospital Stay:    95.9%
  Statin Medication Prescribed at Time of Discharge:    98%
  Stroke Education Performed:    98.9%
  Assessed for Rehabilitation:    97.4%

* National Target Rate is greater than 85% Compliance.

Defining Medicine With High-Quality Stroke Care

The George Washington University Hospital achieves between 90 and 100 percent compliance with all measures.
The George Washington University Hospital has a less-than-2-percent complication rate from tPA. 

Awards and Accreditation

2014 Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll
2014 Gold Plus Get with the Guidelines Stroke Honor RollThe George Washington University Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines SM–Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) Gold Plus Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care. Target: Stroke Honor Roll represents giving eligible stroke patients the clot-busting drugs within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital.


Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission
Joint Commission Primary Stroke CenterThe Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services you provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. It is the best signal to your community that the quality care you provide is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

The Joint Commission assess the quality of stroke care at medical facilities by enacting core measurements that include rehabilitation services and the number of patients who received tPA, the clot dissolving medication, within the recommended 60-minute window. From the data below, you can see that GW Hospital’s stroke outcomes have near-perfect scores.

Watch the video below to learn the warning signs of stroke and how our multidisciplinary team cares for stroke patients.



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The Acute Rehabilitation Team at GW hospital treats patients with the goal of providing the skills they need to live as independently as possible after leaving our facility.
Understanding Stroke
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Many people don't realize that stoke should be treated with the same urgency as a heart attack, and learning more about stroke can save lives.

Read a description about the two types of stroke, signs and symptoms, ways to reduce your risk and the treatment options available at GW Hospital >

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