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Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center

When time matters

Never is time more important than when you are suffering a stroke.

Strokes are the No. 1 cause of long-term disability and one of the leading causes of death in the United States. They can be preventable and treatable. But only if you and your doctors act quickly.

The University of Kansas Health System’s Comprehensive Stroke Center has the most qualified team in the region to treat strokes, help patients recover to their best ability and prevent future strokes. With the nation’s top doctors and nurses located right here in this area, The University of Kansas Health System is your best choice for stroke care – every time.

What sets us apart

The University of Kansas Health System provides our community with access to the latest and most advanced treatment

The University of Kansas Hospital's Stroke Center is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center

options. Our expertise in stroke care earns our team opportunities to participate in groundbreaking clinical trials. One of these, the DAWN trial, for which we were one of just 26 contributing sites worldwide, recently yielded results poised to change the standard of stroke care forever.

For decades, the clot-busting drug IV tPA offered the best opportunity to achieve a positive outcome following ischemic stroke. But it could only be administered within 4½ hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. Advances then allowed neurointerventionalists to guide catheters and clot retrieval devices through the arteries and directly into the brain to remove the clot within 6 to 8 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. Now, the DAWN trial has revealed new opportunities to extend the critical window even further, up to 24 hours after symptom onset for appropriate patients.

If you suspect someone is having a stroke (think FAST: face, arm, speech, time), call 911 immediately for rapid transfer to an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center regardless of the time of the symptom onset. At The University of Kansas Health System, our comprehensive stroke team – including nine stroke neurologists and four neurointerventionalists – will use advanced neuroimaging to evaluate the individual for emergent stroke intervention. Our RAPID software helps us quickly determine whether brain tissue can be saved if blood flow is restored; this information helps identify candidates for DAWN treatment.

“This discovery gives stroke neurologists more time and more opportunity to help make a positive difference for patients,” said neurointerventionalist Michael Abraham, MD, a leading contributor to the DAWN study. “And, even more importantly, it gives patients more opportunity to achieve the best outcomes and the best quality of life following ischemic stroke.”

As the region’s leading academic medical center and home of its only Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, The University of Kansas Health System continues to offer patients the field’s best care, including options not available elsewhere.

National recognition

Get With The Guidelines

2018 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus and Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines program helps ensure that patients receive care that meets the latest evidence-based guidelines.

U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospital Rankings

The University of Kansas Hospital's neurology & neurosurgery programs were nationally ranked on U.S. News & World Report 2018-19 Best Hospitals list

The University of Kansas Hospital's Neurology and Neurosurgery program was No. 31 among the top 50 programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2018-19.

New Research to Help Stroke Patients

New research studies stroke patients' level of activity while in the hospital

Novel research targets patient activity levels while in the hospital. Read more.