Stroke Center at Lovelace Medical Center
Lovelace is proud to offer a 12-bed dedicated stroke unit with neurosurgery services and 24/7 neurology coverage at our flagship hospital, Lovelace Medical Center. In addition, our skilled teams of physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists are dedicated to helping stroke patients get back to living their best lives.
If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately, even if the symptoms cease on their own.
- Sudden weakness, paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden onset of double vision, dimness or loss of vision
- Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding language
- Sudden severe headache without apparent cause
- Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or loss of balance, especially in combination with other signs
Time is Brain
What's done in the first minutes or hours after a stroke may determine the level of recovery the person will achieve. Lovelace Medical Center treats every incoming stroke patient as an emergency. Patients arriving in the emergency department experiencing stroke symptoms are evaluated for possible treatment with t-PA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator).
Lovelace Medical Center's emergency medicine physicians have been trained in the assessment of acute stroke and work in collaboration with our highly trained neurologists to ensure a quick diagnosis.
Your Care Team
Lovelace Medical Center's highly-trained stroke team is prepared with the skills and equipment necessary to quickly assess stroke symptoms and determine the proper immediate treatment.
Our expert stroke team consists of neurologists specially-trained in stroke diagnosis and treatment, emergency department physicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists and emergency department staff who provide immediate response which dramatically impacts a patient's successful recovery.
This team can be accessed 24/7 in response to the emergency department, as well as other hospital departments, for urgent patient assessment. Other members of the Lovelace Medical Center team include physical, speech and occupational therapists, dietitians, case managers and social workers. The team also relies on the excellent services of Lovelace Medical Center's lab, pharmacy and radiology departments.
Awards and Accreditation
Being honored for excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can receive. These certifications recognize Lovelace Medical Center's ongoing dedication to excellent stroke care, but our greatest reward is serving our patients. That's why we're committed to turning treatment guidelines into lifelines.
Depending on the area of the brain affected and the duration of trauma a stroke can cause problems with speech, vision, memory, balance or physical coordination. In many cases patients may have to relearn to physican coordination and how to perform daily tasks.
We partner with our Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital to offer the best continum of care for our post-stroke patients. Our comprehensive program addresses each patient's personal goals and tailors their rehabilitation program to meet their needs.
Visit Lovelace UNM Rehabiliation Hospital for more information on our stroke rehabilitation program.