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Acute Inpatient Stroke Service

The acute stroke inpatient service at Rush treatment patients with conditions that include the following:

  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Transient ischemic attack

The inpatient neurology stroke team is available 24/7 to respond immediately to acute stroke patients. Rush also has a 25-bed neuroscience intensive care unit (ICU) with a dedicated CT scanner in the unit. Patients with cerebrovascular diseases can also be seen in the outpatient cerebrovascular clinic during weekdays.

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TIA Express Service

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), also known as "mini strokes" or "warning strokes," have the same symptoms as stroke, but these symptoms resolve, typically within 24 hours. TIAs are caused by a temporary blockage of an artery to the brain, and people who have a TIA are at increased risk of suffering a full-blown stroke. A recent study published in the journal Lancet found that early initiation of treatments after TIA or minor stroke was associated with an 80 percent reduction in the risk of early recurrent stroke.

The Rush Stroke Program treats TIAs as medical emergencies, and offers an expedited TIA service. Patients with suspected TIAs are admitted to the stroke neurology team for a full work-up and initiation of treatment. The evaluation can typically be completed within 24 hours in the hospital.

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Rush TeleStroke Network

The Rush TeleStroke Network is a network of eight community hospitals through the Chicago region and Rush University Medical Center. The network provides access, 24 x 7 x 365, to vascular neurology services for ischemic stroke patients that present in one of our affiliate emergency rooms.

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Outpatient Clinics

Routine follow-up care is provided in the outpatient clinic. Care for complex diagnoses is provided in a Comprehensive Neuroendovascular Clinic. Patients in this clinic are able to see specialists in neurology and neurosurgery, and receive expert evaluation in cerebrovascular disease from multiple disciplines in the same visit.

Physicians in the Comprehensive Neuroendovascular Clinic address rare or complex conditions such as the following:

  • Brain vascular malformations, including arteriovenous malformations, cavernomas and dural arteriovenous fistulas
  • Central nervous system vasculitis
  • Cerebral venous thrombosis
  • Intracranial aneurysms
  • Moyamoya
  • Intracranial artery stenosis
  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • Vertebral artery stenosis

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Neurocritical Care

Neurocritical Care is dedicated to the treatment of patients with life-threatening neurologic diseases. At Rush University Medical Center, our 25-bed Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit is managed by a core group of fellowship-trained neurointensivists, who work in close collaboration with vascular and endovascular neurologists and neurosurgeons, and anesthesiologists to provide patients with the absolute best in clinical care. Patients' care plans are tailored to their individual needs by a multidisciplinary team comprised of physicians, nurses, therapists and social workers. Using the latest in available technology such as hypothermia, brain tissue oxygen monitors and continuous EEG, we manage patients with the following illnesses:

  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Ischemic strokes
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Refractory seizures
  • Infections of the central nervous system
  • Neuromuscular respiratory failure
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome

An attending neurointensivist is available 24/7 to help coordinate transfer of these critically ill patients to our hospital via air or ground. Patients at Rush have the opportunity to be involved in the latest national clinical research trials.

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Conditions Treated

Conditions treated by our specialists include the following:

  • Amyloid angiopathy of the brain
  • Aneurysm in the brain
  • Arteriovenous malformation of brain
  • Carotid artery stenosis or occlusion (extracranial or intracranial)
  • Cavernous malformation of brain or spinal cord
  • Cerebral infarction (ischemic stroke), any cause
  • Dissection of arteries in the neck or brain (carotid or vertebral)
  • Dural arteriovenous malformation (fistula) of brain or spinal cord
  • Genetic disorders of stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases (CADASIL)
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage of any cause
  • Spinal cord vascular disorders
  • Stroke prevention: primary, or secondary
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Subdural hemorrhage
  • Transient ischemic attack (any cause)
  • Vasculitis of central nervous system
  • Venous sinus thrombosis
  • Vertebral or basilar artery stenosis or occlusion

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(312) 942-3636
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1725 W. Harrison St., Suite 1121
Chicago, IL 60612

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