Maryland Stroke Center

A brain attack is the early phase -- first few hours -- of a stroke, when doctors and researchers can attempt to correct the effects that can lead to disability. A stroke describes the period after the first few hours when doctors can't alter the damaging effects in physiology that lead to permanent disability.

The Maryland Stroke Center is a regional center of excellence in stroke care and research. It is the first center in Maryland dedicated to comprehensive care of patients with cerebrovascular disease.

The Center's Brain Attack Team is a 24-hour/7-day-a-week multispecialty team developed for rapid evaluation and treatment of patients with stroke and transient ischemic attacks.

The Maryland Stroke Center provides comprehensive state-of-the-art management of patients with vascular causes of neurologic disorders.

Patient Conditions

  • Brain attack and ischemic stroke

  • Transient ischemic attacks

  • Vasculitis

  • Carotid and vertebral dissection

  • Cerebral venous thrombosis

  • Subarachnoid hemorrhages, including aneurysms

  • Intracerebral hemorrhage

  • Primary prevention of stroke in high risk patients, (asymptomatic carotid stenosis and sickle cell disease)

Comprehensive Evaluations

  • CT and CT angiography

  • MRI, including perfusion and diffusion sequences, and MRI angiography

  • Neuroangiography

  • Carotid duplex sonography

  • Transcranial doppler ultrasonography

  • Xenon-CT


Specialized Treatments

  • Acute thrombolytic therapy with TPA

  • Gamma Knife

  • Interventional neuroradiology

  • Surgical treatment of carotid stenosis, aneurysms, and arteriovenous malformations

  • Dedicated intensive and intermediate care units

  • Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation

Research Activities

  • Telemedicine for Brain Attack Consultation

  • Technologies for rapid evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of Brain Attack

  • Identification of new genetic and environmental risk factors for stroke

  • Studies of stroke in young adults

  • Mobile telemedicine for accelerated prehospital evaluation

  • Clinical trials of investigational drugs for acute stroke, and of strategies to prevent recurrent stroke and to improve recovery from stroke

  • Studies of outcome after stroke, including predictors of return to work after stroke

  • Studies of the role of exercise in recovery after stroke, including exercise-induced brain neuroplasticity

Services to Physicians

  • Brain Attack Team Consultation with acute stroke specialist 24 hours/day, 7 days per week, at Maryland ExpressCare, 410-328-1234

  • Specialty consultation for patients with complicated cerebrovascular disease

  • Multidisciplinary patient care conferences with medical, surgical and interventional radiology specialists

  • Coordinated stroke care from prevention through acute presentation rehabilitation and long term recover

For More Information

UM School of Medicine Researchers Find Association Between Stroke and Cocaine Use

To contact the Stroke Center or the Brain Attack Center, call 410-328-4323.

This page was last updated: July 14, 2014

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