The Comprehensive Stroke Center, together with the University of Cincinnati Stroke Team and the surgical/interventional neurovascular program, provides a comprehensive center for stroke prevention and the treatment of transient ischemic attack (TIA), ischemic stroke, aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation, and other cerebrovascular conditions.
In July 2013 the UC Medical Center was certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, a new level of certification reserved for institutions with specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. There is no higher stroke certification.
The UC Medical Center had been previously designated a Primary Stroke Center. That recognition, first achieved in 2005, certified that the physicians and clinical staff follow nationally recognized best practices for the treatment of stroke.
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What the $8 million FIA research grant means to you
Joseph Broderick, M.D., Research Director of the UC Neuroscience Institute, explains the importance of the Familial Intracranial Aneurysm (FIA) Study. UCNI was awarded $8 million in federal stimulus money to continue working to identify genes involved in the development of potentially deadly brain aneurysms
Who should be screened for a brain aneurysm?
By Mario Zuccarello, M.D.
Co-Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center
Years of scientific research have confirmed many of the major risk factors for brain aneurysms, which can rupture and cause a bleeding stroke. Despite the absence of government recommendations for expensive screening procedures, physicians at the UC Comprehensive Stroke Center strongly recommend screening for people at high risk of a rupture, which has a mortality rate of 48 percent.
Those at risk of harboring dangerous brain aneurysms include people who:
- have two first-degree family members who have suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm
- smoke, drink excessively, or suffer from hypertension (a smoker is 4.5 times more likely to suffer a bleeding stroke than a nonsmoker)
- suffer from disorders of the arteries, including fibromuscular dysplasia and polycystic kidney disease
- are between 50 and 60 years of age.
We urge patients who have family members with aneurysms, or who know they harbor small aneurysms of their own, to stop smoking to reduce the risk of enlargement and or the development of the aneurysm.
In addition, screening with MR angiography or CT angiography is strongly advised for anyone who has two first-degree family members who have experienced a ruptured aneurysm. Screening is 90 percent effective for aneurysms of 2 millimeters and 100 percent effective for aneurysms larger than 5 millimeters, with the risk of false positives extremely low.