Stroke care is changing at
Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
As a part of the nationally recognized Sentara Healthcare system, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is changing the way we handle strokes. Our new 3T MRI and Telestroke capabilities help us to diagnose and treat stroke patients quickly and effectively.
We know that having a stroke is a scary and possibly life-altering experience for both the stroke survivor and his or her loved ones.
As a Sentara Primary Stroke Center, we offer a variety of sophisticated treatments to stop stroke in its tracks, from tPA to minimally invasive clot removal procedures. And once our patients are out of the woods, we offer a state-of-the art stroke recovery program to help them regain their independence.
Our neurologists take a unique team approach to care, working side-by-side with other specialists to help throughout your recovery journey.
Rapid Stroke Assessment
At Sentara, our doctors work closely with each patient to create an individualized treatment plan. And, utilizing Sentara’s TeleStroke capabilities, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital’s team is able to assess a possible stroke patient upon arrival and provide a specialized stroke evaluation within 5 minutes, ensuring that treatment can begin as quickly as possible.
Advanced Imaging with 3T MRI
Now available at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, the 3T MRI is named for having the magnet strength of 3 Tesla, a unit of measurement of magnetic field. Standard MRI units have 1.5 Tesla. The combined speed and strength of the 3T MRI mean acquiring the highest quality images possible with less chance of patient movement, reducing the need for rescans.
Scans previously taking up to an hour can now be done in less time, which means better outcomes for our patients. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio frequency pulses to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.
The larger opening in the 3T Large Bore MRI makes patients feel less claustrophobic, allows patients to enter feet first and accommodates large patients. In addition, 3T MRI scans can be completed faster than a traditional MRI.
There are a number of specialized treatment options available for stroke patients at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
For some time now, the first line of treatment for ischemic stroke has been the injection of a clot-dissolving medication called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). Although this treatment is effective in many patients, it is not for everyone. New advances now allow for removal of clots found in the large vessels of the brain. In fact, using specialized tools and imaging, mechanical thrombectomy is effective in removing blood clots in large vessel ischemic strokes as much as 90 percent of the time.
Furthermore, patients who are eligible and who undergo this clot-removing procedure are 33 percent more likely to return to functional independence than patients under more conservative management.
Recovering from a Stroke
Recovery after a stroke is difficult, and for many may be a lifelong process. With rehabilitation, however, many stroke victims can restore their independence after improving their physical, mental and emotional functions.
Some stroke victims will begin their recovery in a short-term rehabilitation facility, followed by continued neuro rehab in an outpatient facility. Some may go straight home but require home care. Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital offers a clinic that includes a full complement of neuro rehabilitation treatments to help you regain your: