Stroke treatment in Port Charlotte, Florida

When you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke, it's essential to act quickly. Fawcett Memorial Hospital offers expert, life-saving stroke care in your critical time of need, 24/7.

If you think you are experiencing a stroke, call 911 immediately. For more information on stroke treatment, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 685-1599.

As a Comprehensive Stroke Center designated by The Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) and as a Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission, our stroke hospital provides Charlotte County patients with immediate access to exceptional stroke care.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is caused by an interruption of blood flow to the brain. When blood flow is stopped for more than a few seconds, the brain cannot receive blood and oxygen. This causes brain cells to die, resulting in permanent damage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke is a leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S. and the fifth leading cause of death. More than 795,000 people experience new or recurrent strokes each year.

Stroke warning signs

Stroke is a medical emergency. When it comes to a stroke and your brain’s recovery, every second counts. If you notice one or more of these signs, don’t wait—call 911 right away.

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

Our neurologists and stroke treatment team

Our stroke treatment team is made up of highly skilled medical professionals who are specially trained to give patients quick and effective stroke care. Our team members include:

  • Certified nurses
  • Emergency physicians
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Pharmacist staff
  • Radiologists
  • Therapists

Advanced stroke intervention

Our multidisciplinary team members work together to provide fast, effective stroke care. New technology allow physicians to view real-time images of patients during a stroke and other neuro-endovascular events to perform lifesaving neuro-interventions.

Although each patient experiences a stroke uniquely, our stroke doctors and their team ensure all patients receive fast, effective treatment of stroke care by doing the following:

  • Communication between the ambulance team and the hospital are in place before the patient arrives in our emergency room. A "stroke alert" can be initiated by emergency personnel in the field, by a triage nurse in our ER or by a medical professional caring for an in-hospital patient.
  • Each patient is evaluated immediately and treated using a uniform and extensive set of guidelines that address both emergency treatment and ongoing care.
  • A head computed tomography (CT) scan or brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can be performed and interpreted within 45 minutes of the patient being admitted.
  • A fully functioning medical laboratory is open 24/7 to analyze and provide test results in a timely manner.
  • Our interventional radiology suite offers the latest biplane system technology, allowing our neurology team to treat ischemic stroke, brain aneurysm and other vascular abnormalities.
  • Stroke rehabilitation begins immediately after hospitalization to improve long-term outcomes and decrease stroke-related complications.
  • Ongoing acute care is provided to facilitate a fast return to a patient's regular daily activities.

Interventional radiology

Interventional radiology (IR) is a subspecialty of radiology, which uses imaging technology to guide advanced, minimally-invasive procedures. Our interventional radiology suite hosts some of the most technologically advanced medical equipment available. Many procedures that once required surgery can now be performed by an interventional radiologist, without general anesthesia or incisions. This means that with interventional radiology, procedures that once required an overnight stay in the hospital can now be performed as outpatient procedures.

Stroke rehabilitation

We support our patients through stroke recovery and offer inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. We're also the only facility in Charlotte County to offer an inpatient rehab program accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International.