Expert Stroke Care Makes A Difference
Our Stroke Center earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2004 and became the first primary stroke center in San Diego County.
We were the first medical center in San Diego to achieve The Joint Commission's Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. This certification reflects our ability to provide the most advanced treatments for the most serious types of strokes. Our primary and comprehensive stroke certifications demonstrate that UC San Diego Health provides the full complement of available services and technologies to meet the needs of stroke patients, while complying with national standards that improve patient outcomes.
UC San Diego Health has earned the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association and is listed on their Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. These distinctions recognize our commitment to excellence in care for stroke patients and our ability to rapidly provide lifesaving cures to patients after a stroke.
Types of Stroke Treated
The chart below compares the percentage of patients treated for each type of stroke at UC San Diego Health and locally in San Diego County. UC San Diego Health treats the most severe stroke cases and cares for a larger share of patients with bleeding in the brain than most other centers in the community.
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ischemic stroke and
Advanced Stroke Treatments
Regardless of the type of stroke, our team is ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our specialty-trained experts provide an immediate response when someone having a stroke arrives. Our stroke center specialists are internationally recognized as leaders and experts in the fields of research, diagnosis and care. Read more about our
Treating Ischemic Stroke
Discovered at UC San Diego in 1985, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is a powerful drug effective in dissolving blood clots that cause ischemic strokes. The drug is usually given through a vein in the arm. To be effective, the drug must be given within three hours, and in selected individuals, within 4.5 hours after a stroke.
The chart below demonstrates a marked improvement of our timely administration of tPA over the years and in staying below the 60 minutes target. We believe that “time is brain!” Read more about how we
treat ischemic stroke.
Successful Surgical Procedures
UC San Diego Health is a leader in endovascular and surgical treatment of stroke, using specially-designed instruments to remove blood clots and restore blood flow to the brain. Our faculty trains physicians nationally and internationally in these techniques and participates in leading interventional clinical trials.
Beyond the acute treatment of stroke, surgeons at UC San Diego offer:
From July 2020 through June 2021, we performed 175 endovascular coiling or surgical clipping procedures to treat unruptured brain aneurysms, with a 96.4% survival rate. Read more about our
Stroke and Neurovascular Surgery Program.
Processes of Care
Regardless of the type of stroke, people who go to UC San Diego receive the right care. We closely monitor compliance with processes of care as endorsed by The Joint Commission and American Heart Association. The chart below shows that we continue to provide consistent care across all measures compared to other hospitals throughout the country.
At UC San Diego, the quality of care leads to better than expected survival for all patients with stroke. The chart below demonstrates the excellent survival of our patients for both inpatient ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, compared with expected survival as reported by Vizient (formerly known as University Health System Consortium).