Why choose Main Line Health for stroke care

At Main Line Health we treat more than 3,000 stroke patients each year at our four acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—all in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Main Line Health Stroke Centers have met stringent quality standards for stroke treatment set by the Joint Commission as well as those of the American Heart/Stroke Association, making our hospitals among the top stroke hospitals in the Philadelphia region. Bryn Mawr Hospital is a Joint Commission-certified Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center, a designation bestowed on only one of three hospitals in the state of Pennsylvania. Our services include inpatient stroke rehabilitation and outpatient stroke rehabilitation as rehab after stroke is vital to long-term healing, mobility and functionality.

New stroke guidelines lengthen stroke treatment window

In the past, doctors thought they only had four and a half hours to administer “clot-buster” drugs, or six hours to perform a clot-removal procedure called thrombectomy, to potentially reverse an ischemic stroke and save brain tissue. Now, new research indicates that the time frame for thrombectomy can be extended up to 24 hours. The new guidelines overturn previous approaches to stroke treatment, allowing surgeons more time to save brain tissue. In spite of the new longer treatment window, it is still essential to seek immediate care when a stroke strikes. The faster treatments are given, the more significant improvement in functional recovery and reduction of long-term disability.

If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of stroke, call 911 immediately. Do not wait for symptoms to pass or worsen.

We are pioneers in stroke treatment and stroke surgery

At Main Line Health, our advanced neurodiagnostic imaging procedures determine the precise location of the clot or bleed in your brain. This allows us to perform immediate therapies to:

  • Administer intravenous and intra-arterial tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) clot-busting medication
  • Stabilize vital functions
  • Manage intracranial and blood pressures

For strokes whose onset has been longer, and if the tPA has not been effective and the clot requires removal, or if you have experienced a hemorrhagic stroke (bleed type), brain aneurysm or arteriovenous malformations (AVM) that needs repair, surgery may be appropriate. Main Line Health offers an endovascular surgical procedure and our neurosurgical care lab has the expertise to perform various procedures including angioplasty, surgical thrombectomy, stenting and other surgeries to correct the causes of clots and bleeds.

We are members of the Jefferson Hospital Neuroscience Network

Less travel time to emergency medical care and stroke diagnosis and treatment may save your life or the life of someone you know. The Neurointerventional Care Lab at Bryn Mawr Hospital is the only one of its kind in the western Philadelphia suburbs. It is staffed 24/7 by Jefferson Hospital neurosurgeons who perform complex and minimally invasive neurovascular procedures and life-saving stroke services, including intra-arterial tPA, endovascular coiling for hemorrhagic stroke, angioplasty and stenting.

Stroke rehab center services

Many stroke patients require post-stroke rehabilitation after receiving acute stroke care, with the most rapid improvement in stroke recovery occurring in the first few months after the stroke. Through our inpatient stroke rehab and outpatient stroke rehab, we develop stroke treatment and stroke therapy plans that patients immediately build upon their strengths and learn to compensate for any limitations.

The Stroke Recovery Program at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania, excels in complex stroke treatment. At our stroke rehabilitation center, we care for more than 600 stroke patients each year, using traditional and non-traditional modalities to support our stroke patients in their recovery.

Call 911 if you believe you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency. For more information about stroke care at Main Line Health, call 1.866.CALL.MLH (225.5654).