About the Inova Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Program
Any interference with blood flow to our brain is a life-threatening cerebrovascular condition. It is important to seek immediate care.
We have a multidisciplinary team of stroke and interventional neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuro-intensivists and rehabilitation specialists who provide expert management of all brain blood vessel conditions including stroke, brain aneurysm, arteriovenous malformations and many others, as well as stroke support groups for post-care support.
If any emergency befalls you, someone you care for, or someone you can help, we are here to support you from the first minutes to the early stages of recovery, rehabilitation, support groups, and beyond. Every second counts.
Certified Stroke Center at Every Inova Hospital
At Inova, all five of our hospitals centers have attained stroke center certification by The Joint Commission. These designations and the capabilities they represent could save your life or the life of someone you know. Each emergency care center can treat acute stroke with a stroke-focused program and protocols for quality of care.
In addition, Inova Alexandria Hospital meets requirements for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectory and Inova Fairfax Hospital has full-spectrum stroke care for complex strokes. Below is an overview of the levels of care coordinated throughout the health system:
To call or locate our hospital locations:
- Inova Alexandria Hospital
- Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
- Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
- Inova Loudoun Hospital
- Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
If you or a loved one may be experiencing a stroke, it is best to call 9-1-1 immediately and do not drive to the hospital. You can always let them know which Inova hospital is closest to you. All Inova hospitals are certified stroke centers ready to treat acute stroke.
Inova Alexandria Hospital is a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TCS). This designation certifies that Inova Alexandria meets the rigorous standards for performing endovascular thrombectomy (EVT). Inova Alexandria was the fourth hospital in the country to receive this new advanced stroke certification from the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Why Understanding Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease is Important
Cerebrovascular disease includes all disorders that affect the blood vessels and blood supply to the brain. This includes a blockage, malformation or hemorrhage that prevents brain cells from getting enough oxygen, which can cause brain damage.
Stroke is the most common type of cerebrovascular disease. About 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year. It is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of disability. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to your brain is blocked or bursts, causing brain cells to die. When a stroke occurs, it is important to get care immediately to minimize damage in the brain.
Experts in Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Care
With a stroke, time is brain. It's important to seek medical care at the very first sign of stroke symptoms. All five Inova hospitals have been recognized as experts in stroke and cerebrovascular care by the Joint Commission.
Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital have all been designated as Primary Stroke Centers. This certification recognizes that Inova meets the national standards for healthcare quality and safety to meet the unique needs of stroke patients.
Excellence in Stroke Care: Get with the Guidelines
The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) "Get with the Guidelines" program has recognized all five Inova hospitals with Gold Plus awards for achieving excellence in stroke care, including:
- Gold Plus – Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite (Inova Fair Oaks, Loudoun, and Mount Vernon Hospitals)
- Gold Plus – Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus (Inova Alexandria and Fairfax Hospitals)
- Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll (all hospitals)
- Advanced Therapy (Inova Alexandria Hospital)
These designations indicate that stroke assessment and services at all Inova hospitals provide patients with the best chance of survival. Learn more