Stroke Care

A Designated Primary Stroke Center

Stroke is an emergency situation in which time lost can mean brain loss. Fortunately for potential stroke victims in Marin, MarinHealth Medical Center is a Designated Primary Stroke Center offering exceptional care, right here. We offer a complete spectrum of care, from prevention and education to timely and effective stroke treatment of ischemic and both types of hemorrhagic stroke (intracerebral and subarachnoid), which means there is no risk of losing precious time transferring patients to another facility.

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Stroke Treatment

We have a dedicated Stroke Team in our Emergency Department, where a Neurologist is on call, 24/7. Stroke treatment is determined based on the type of stroke and the patient’s overall health.

  • Ischemic stroke accounts for 87% of all strokes. It is caused by an obstruction in a blood vessel in the brain.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weak or malformed blood vessel in the brain, either an aneurysm or an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), ruptures and bleeds. The most common cause of this type of stroke is high blood pressure.
  • TIA (Trans Ischemic attack),or “mini stroke, is caused by a temporary clot. This is a often a precursor to a more serious stroke.

To acutely treat ischemic stroke, the clot-busting medication tPA may be given intravenously in the Emergency Department. Patients who come in with a suspected stroke or transient ischemic attack are immediately evaluated. Testing may include any and all of the following:

  • Computerized tomography, or CAT scan
  • CT angiogram, which provides a detailed view of the affected blood vessels in the brain
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) of the head and neck

AHA/ASA Support Network

If you or someone you love is recovering from a heart attack, stroke, a chronic condition or congenital heart defect, or is in rehab and recovery, you might want to check out the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's online support network. Join the conversation, get answers to your questions, and connect with others who have survived and thrived! Learn more.

Awards & Recognition

  • Get with the Guidelines AHA & ASA logoThe American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12-month intervals and 75 percent or higher compliance with 6 of 10 Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
  • The Joint Commission logoThe Joint Commission awarded us the distinction of Designated Primary Stroke Center. This means that we provide the complete continuum of care, from prevention education to timely and effective stroke treatment to rehabilitation, and have advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center.
  • Healthgrades Treatment of Stroke Five-Star Recipient logoMarinHealth Medical Center is the only hospital in the North Bay to be named a Five-Star Recipient in the Treatment of Stroke™ by Healthgrades for the fifth consecutive year (2013-2017).