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Stroke and Neurovascular Center

Stroke and Endovascular Procedures

The Stroke and Neurovascular Center at Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. It was the first stroke center in the tri-state area (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut) to receive this designation.

The hospital is a recipient of the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award – the highest level distinction – in the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Program from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Additionally, JFK Medical Center is the recipient of the Target Stroke Honor Roll Award and the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award.

We are a leader in providing around-the-clock comprehensive stroke services in the New York metropolitan area. Our program has been ranked in the top 10 percent in the United States for stroke care by Healthgrades.


Our mission is to provide an outstanding level of comprehensive and specialized inpatient and outpatient care to patients who have neurovascular disease. This care is provided through a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach and entails use of the most current and effective treatment strategies. These protocols are executed by experts within the fields of vascular neurology, neurocritical care, neurointerventional surgery, neurology nursing, emergency medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, and rehabilitation medicine.

Stroke is a Medical Emergency - "Time lost is brain lost"

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. Also known as Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA), stroke is the result of a sudden reduction of blood flow to an area of the brain. When this happens, sensation, movement, and/or functions controlled by that area of the brain become impaired or lost.

Approximately 87 percent of strokes are ischemic infarctions (a sudden clot or build-up within the brain) and the rest are hemorrhagic (a rupture or breakage of a blood vessel within the brain). When ischemic stroke occurs, medication (t-PA) ‒ if given quickly ‒ can help open blockages and preserve brain cells thereby reducing disability.

Successful Recanalization Following Endovascular Procedures

In addition to t-PA, the JFK Medical Center Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging to perform emergency endovascular treatments that restore the blood supply to the brain immediately. During endovascular treatment, specially trained physicians try to remove the blood clot by sending a catheter to the site of the blocked blood vessel in the brain. The advantage of endovascular treatment is that it may be performed in certain patients who are not candidates to receive t-PA. Please note that not all patients are suitable for endovascular intervention treatment.

Our highly trained physicians and technicians perform these procedures in a state-of-the-art neuro-interventional suite. Achieving a successful recanalization (opening a blocked vessel) means restoring blood supply to half or more of the region that was not receiving blood flow. Better neurological recovery is linked to the degree of improved blood flow.

Recanalization Measurement

We measure the rate of successful recanalization (restoration of blood supply to half or more of the blocked vessel) for patients who undergo catheter based endovascular treatment.

The graph below demonstrates that JFK Medical Center had a recanalization rate of 72 percent in 2017. For Quarter 1 of 2018, the reported recanalization rate was 77 percent, surpassing our goal of 75 percent.


Recanalization Performance

The Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center team at JFK Medical Center successfully restores blood flow to the majority of our patients who undergo endovascular treatment of stroke, thus potentially improving their neurological outcome.

What can YOU do to minimize the effects of a stroke?

The first step is to learn and recognize these stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

The second step is to call 9-1-1 immediately and get transported by EMS to the nearest designated stroke center for rapid evaluation and emergency treatment.

The good news is that 80 percent of stroke occurrence can be prevented by learning the stroke risk factors and modifying your personal stroke risk factors.

Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center is a Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, specially equipped with diagnostic capability to diagnose and treat all complex strokes cases, including brain aneurysms. Our award-winning stroke program’s multidisciplinary team provides specialized stroke care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Stroke care begins with the transport to the hospital and continues from the Emergency Department to the Neurological Interventional suite, through in-hospital care on the Neurological Critical Care Unit and Stroke Unit, and finally through Stroke Rehabilitation. At JFK Medical Center, comprehensive stroke care is all under one roof.