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Awards and Accreditations

US News & World Report 2021-2022 badge, recognizing Northwestern Medicine in neurology and neurosurgery

Top 10 in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the US

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is ranked no. 9 in the country for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
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Advanced Stroke Certification

Eight hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission as providing advanced levels of stroke care.

Understanding Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease

Cerebrovascular disease refers to a group of conditions that affect the blood vessels and blood supply to the brain. A blockage, malformation, or hemorrhage can directly injure brain cells or prevent them from getting enough oxygen and nutrients, resulting in brain damage. Though not all cerebrovascular conditions explicitly pertain to stroke, they can lead to a stroke and may exhibit similar symptoms.

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Areas of Care

Before Stroke

Prevent and Prepare

Take action now to prevent strokes and reduce the likelihood of permanent disability.

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Test and Treat

Northwestern Medicine offers the latest technology to swiftly diagnose and treat stroke.

After Stroke

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Our goal is to help individuals with stroke and their families return to normal life as soon as possible.

Advanced Care and Technology

Northwestern Medicine is home to highly trained physicians, nurses and rehabilitation therapists who specialize in stroke care. We create individualized treatment plans that focus on your needs.

Our advanced care includes:

  • Advanced Stroke Certification. Northwestern Medicine offers eight hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission as providing advanced levels of stroke care, including two Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
  • Telestroke. We offer expansive telestroke network to provide vascular neurology consultations within seven minutes.
  • Mobile Stroke Unit. The Mobile Stroke Unit is a specialized ambulance equipped with tools and staff normally only found inside a hospital. This unit is the first of its kind in Illinois, and one of the first in the world.

Meet the Teams

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Northwestern Medicine offers the most advanced levels of certification for stroke programs. Our goal is to treat patients as quickly as possible and improve the likelihood they will have a positive outcome after their stroke.

Conditions Treated

Though not all cerebrovascular conditions explicitly pertain to stroke, they will often lead to a stroke and may exhibit similar symptoms.

Diagnostic Testing

Several kinds of tests will help determine what kind of stroke you had and help identify what may have caused it.

Treatments

Once the team has reviewed your tests and determined what type of stroke you’re having, they can choose the best treatment for you.

Locations

    Comprehensive Stroke Care

    After a stroke, you and your loved ones may meet with several members of the Northwestern Medicine Stroke Teams. Each Team Member will provide input regarding your treatment and recovery.

    Stroke Outcomes

    Northwestern Medicine provides high quality healthcare for our patients. Quality outcomes data helps us understand and improve our practices for the best possible patient outcomes.

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