Metropolitan General’s Acute Stroke Unit is one of the few organized and well-equipped Units throughout the country. It is an active member of the international network of SITS (Safe Implementation of Treatments in Stroke) which solely accepts centers which are certified, abide to high quality and safety standards, accommodate the required infrastructure, and are staffed by highly skilled medical and nursing personnel.
The Unit operates on a 24/7 basis and is staffed by extensively experienced and highly specialized neurologists and well-trained nursing practitioners who, in cooperation with physicians of related specialties (neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, interventional cardiologists, intensivists, anesthesiologists), deliver prompt diagnosis and comprehensive and personalized treatment.
Stroke is a medical emergency requiring immediate management and timely presentation of the patient to the hospital.
"Time is brain"
Stroke management within less than 3-4 hours from symptoms onset is crucial to treatment effectiveness and complications reduction. A dominant expression within English medical literature is “time is brain”; it highlights the very short lifesaving time frame for the brain. It is estimated that about 2 million neurons are lost per minute of delay in obstruction management.
Metropolitan General’s Acute Stroke Unit applies all modern treatment methods adhering to the latest international guidelines, aiming at maximizing patient clinical benefit. At the same time, the excellently equipped Intensive Care Unit (ICU) accommodated in the Hospital, ensures the medical/nursing care required.
What is a stroke?
A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), causes brain damage, and is either owed to disturbance in the blood supply to a particular brain area (ischemic stroke) or hemorrhage from a burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke).
In particular, a stroke is the result of brain vessel obstruction, either due to clots formed in a narrowed artery (thrombosis) or a clot which was formed in another part of the body and travelled to the brain arteries through blood flow (embolism). The type, severity and symptoms restoration of a stroke depend on the extent of the hypoperfused area and its reperfusion time.
A stroke may occur due to cerebral aneurysm rupture or vascular malformation, or to small vessels rupture within the brain, and causes hemorrhage inside (intracerebral) or around the brain (subarachnoid).
According to the data of the World Stroke Organization:
- One in six people in the world will suffer a stroke at some point in their life, regardless of age
- Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer
- Mortality within the first year after a stroke accounts to 30%, while 1/3 of the patients exhibit some form of impairment and require another person’s assistance
- About 88% of strokes are characterized as ischemic
- Stroke is considered a “feminine concern” as it affects 60% of the female population
- Stroke is not a disease of the third age, given 20% of the patients are below the age of 55
- Many patients, though they present to the hospital within 3 hours from symptoms onset, are not administered the applicable treatment due to the hospital’s poor infrastructure and inadequate staffing
Metropolitan General’s Acute Stroke Unit runs a 24-hour helpline, tel: +30 210 650 2700, staffed by highly skilled personnel to provide guidelines on the correct stroke symptoms recognition.
Contact Number: +30 210 650 2700