Stroke Care

Offering the highest level of care, including neuro-intensive care units, complex neurosurgical interventions, and advanced brain and blood-vessel imaging, Cedars-Sinai has been designated as Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.This Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers recognizes the significant resources in staff and training that comprehensive stroke centers must have to treat complex stroke cases. Cedars-Sinai was proud to be among the first 5 in the nation to receive this prestigious and rigorous designation and the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in Southern California.

At the Cedars-Sinai Stroke Program, the care given to persons who have had a stroke is measured against the standards created in the Get With the Guidelines program sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.  Currently, 2,825 hospitals are participating in the Get With the Guidelines program. They have contributed information on 4,582,815patients in 2016, including the 1,094 discharges from Cedars-Sinai.

To view Cedars-Sinai performance on the Get With the Guidelines measures, click on the links below.

Quality of care information is also collected by The Joint Commission. View Cedars-Sinai performance on the Stroke Care Core Measures.

Profile of Patients Receiving Stroke Treatment at Cedars-Sinai

The chart below compares the type of patients treated at Cedars-Sinai with all patients reported by hospitals nationally participating in the Get With the Guidelines program. The average age of patients treated at Cedars-Sinai is 70, which also is the national program's average.


Types of Strokes Treated at Cedars-Sinai

Patients treated at Cedars-Sinai had one of the following types of strokes:

  • Hemorrhagic, where blood leaks from a blood vessel into brain tissue. This type of stroke can take two forms. A subarachnoid hemorrhage where a blood vessel just outside the brain ruptures. The area of the skull surrounding the brain (the subarachnoid space) quickly fills with blood. The second type is an intracerebral hemorrhage, in which there is bleeding inside the brain that causes a build up of pressure and damage to brain cells.
  • Ischemic, where a blood clot shuts off the flow of blood to parts of the brain
  • Transient ischemic attacks

The chart below compares the percentage of people treated for each type of stroke at Cedars-Sinai and nationally.


Timely Administration of the Drug tPA

Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is a powerful drug used to break up blood clots that cause ischemic strokes. The drug is usually given through a vein in the arm. To be effective, the drug must be given within four-and-a-half hours after a stroke occurs. Not all people having ischemic strokes benefit from tPA. The drug has certain side effects that a doctor must consider before deciding whether tPA is the best treatment for a stroke patient.

A higher number is better.


Stroke Patient Education

Patient education following a stroke can help prevent future strokes. The chart below compares how many Cedars-Sinai patients received education following a stroke compared to hospitals nationally.

A higher number is better.


Rehabilitation Plans Following a Stroke

A stroke can cause damage to the brain that makes it difficult for a person to return to his or her normal daily activities. Rehabilitation after a stroke can help a person live with any remaining effects of a stroke. It can also help the brain recover more fully. The chart below shows the percentage of stroke patients treated at Cedars-Sinai for whom a rehabilitation plan was considered. These data are compared to hospitals nationally.

A higher number is better.


Mortality Rate Following a Stroke

The graph below shows the percentage of patients who died in the hospital after being admitted following a stroke.  The Cedars-Sinai mortality rate for both hemorrhagic and ischemic (non-hemorrhagic) strokes was lower in 2016 for  than the average for other hospitals participating in the Get With the Guidelines program.

A lower number is better.


Discharge After Treatment for a Stroke

The following chart shows the percentage of patients who were discharged to their own homes (with and without home health care), inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities or other places.