What to Expect

What happens when a patient comes to our Emergency Room with stroke symptoms?

When a patient arrives at Jersey City Medical Center with stroke symptoms, board-certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses certified in emergency care take the following steps:

  • Immediately administer a standard diagnostic protocol of tests including blood work, CT scan, stroke assessment scale, swallowing screens and blood pressure reading.
  • These tests will help to determine the type of stroke and the area of the brain that is affected.
  • Consultation with board-certified neurologist.
  • Administer tPA, a "clot-busting" medication, if the patient is determined to be eligible. Ischemic stroke patients have up to 4.5 hours after the start of symptoms to receive tPA.
  • Begin administration of other medications such as aspirin or anti-hypertensives, as determined by the emergency medicine physicians and neurologists.

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