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When it comes to delivering the highest level of quality care to the 50 million Americans living with brain and spine conditions, our pursuit of excellence is tireless.
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Interventional Radiology

OhioHealth neurointerventional radiologists provide highly skilled expertise in the care and treatment of neurovascular stroke and aneurysm patients.
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Stroke Network Hospitals

Our powerful stroke network helps central Ohio patients quickly receive the most advanced stroke treatment and appropriate interventions they need, saving valuable time.
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Specialized Rehabilitation

WE treat more stroke patients at OhioHealth Upper Arlington Rehabilitation Center than any outpatient clinic in central Ohio.
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OhioHealth treats the most stroke patients in central Ohio, more than all the other area hospitals combined.

Stroke NetworkFind our your risk for heart attack or strokeOhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital is certified by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and OhioHealth Doctors Hospital are certified as Primary Stroke Centers.

Our physicians are often the first in the world to research new stroke treatments through clinical trials, giving our patients access to advanced stroke care that includes leading-edge treatments and prevention techniques.

Excellence in Stroke Patient Care

We provide stroke patients with nationally recognized expertise. Our neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurointerventional radiologists and emergency department teams are among the best in the nation, offering top-ranking skill and knowledge that comes from a high-volume healthcare system treating stroke.

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Ohio’s First Comprehensive Stroke Center

In 2012, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital became the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in Ohio, joining an elite group of hospitals nationwide designated to treat the most complex stroke cases by meeting or exceeding requirements set by The Joint Commission.

WEtreat more stroke patients. Our leadership in the treatment of stroke and aneurysm led to the opening in 2015 of OhioHealth Neuroscience Center at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Riverside Methodist Hospital has a record of treating the most stroke patients in Ohio, and meeting or exceeding national benchmarks and standards for stroke care.

At OhioHealth, we emphasize that “time is brain” — almost 2 million brain cells die during each minute of stroke, which is why time of care is as important as type of care*. And, while stroke is a potentially deadly disease, more and more patients are surviving and returning home sooner because of the high-quality, state-of-the-art, comprehensive stroke care that we provide at the OhioHealth Neuroscience Center at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Here is how we performed in 2015:

Total Strokes Treated in 20152,029
Stroke Medication (clot-busting medications administered by IV)165 – treated by our stroke team
Average number of minutes to when a clot-busting medication (intravenous tissue-type plasminogen activator or tPA) is administered from the time you enter our doors and are evaluated 40 minutes – The national recommended guideline is that tPA be administered within 60 minutes.
Stroke Interventions (minimally invasive or surgical procedures used to repair a blood vessel or destroy a blood clot)
  • Aneurysms treated - 160 
  • Other occlusion treatment - 151 
  • Thrombectomies - 98
Percent of stroke interventions with excellent blood flow following the procedure (tici 2B or better)92%
Number of neurocritical care and neuro step-down beds96
Number of neurologists 29
Number of neuro intensivists (neurocritical care physician specialists)5
Number of neurointerventional radiologists (perform catheter-based procedures to repair blood vessels or remove blood clots) 4
Number of neurosurgeons 15
Active acute stroke clinical trials 9

*Saver, JL (2006) Time is Brain-quantified, Stroke 37(1) 263-266.


Stroke Clinical Trials at OhioHealth

WE are a nationwide leader in research through our active participation in clinical trials. Because of the high volume of stroke patients we treat, OhioHealth Neuroscience Center at Riverside Methodist Hospital is able to pioneer leading-edge treatments and technologies through active participation in clinical trials. Below are the stroke clinical trials in which we’re currently actively involved:


Analysis of Revascularization in Ischemic Stroke With EmboTrap (ARISE II)

The purpose of this study is to examine the safety and efficacy of the EmboTrap device in treating acute ischemic stroke patients who are found to have a large artery occlusion per neurodiagnostic imaging.

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Ischemia Care Biomarkers of Acute Stroke Etiology (BASE)

The purpose of this study is to validate the clinical use of new biomarker blood tests to identify blood components that may differentiate between diverse stroke etiologies and clinical outcomes.

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Trevo and Medical Management Versus Medical Management Alone in Wake Up and Late Presenting Strokes (DAWN)

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the hypothesis that Trevo thrombectomy plus medical management leads to superior clinical outcomes at 90 days as compared to medical management alone in appropriately selected subjects experiencing an acute ischemic stroke when treatment is initiated within 6-24 hours after last seen well.

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POSITIVE Stroke Clinical Trial

The primary objective of this randomized trial is to determine the safety and efficacy of intra-arterial reperfusion in Acute Ischemic Stroke (AIS) patients ineligible for IV-tPA as selected by physiologic imaging criteria.

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A Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Activase (Alteplase) in Patients With Mild Stroke (PRISMS)

This double-blind, randomized study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of intravenous (IV) Activase in patients with mild acute ischemic strokes that do not appear to be clearly disabling. Patients will be randomized in a 1:1 ratio either 1) one dose of IV Activase and one dose of oral aspirin placebo or 2) one dose of IV Activase placebo and one dose of oral aspirin 325 mg. Treatment must be able to be initiated within 3 hours of last known well time.

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Optimizing Patient’s Selection for Endovascular Treatment in Acute Ischemic Stroke (SELECT)

This is an observational study acquiring imaging and clinical variables known to affect clinical outcomes after endovascular therapy in an effort to evaluate and compare the different selection methods and criteria currently used in practice for acute ischemic stroke patients with large vessel occlusions in the anterior circulation. The study aim is to evaluate different methodologies, to compare them against each other to identify which method provides the highest predictive ability and to develop a formula that predicts patient outcomes.

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Trevo Registry

Trevo® Retriever Registry Post Market Surveillance

The purpose of the Trevo® Retriever Registry is to collect real-world performance data of the Trevo Retriever, which is intended to restore blood flow in the neurovasculature by removing thrombus in patients experiencing ischemic stroke.

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Carotid Revascularization and Medical Management for Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis Trial (CREST-2) Protocol

A set of two multicenter randomized trials that run in parallel – CEA in addition to intensive medical management (IMM) vs. intensive medical management alone OR CAS + IMM vs. IMM alone.

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CREST 2 Registry (C2R)

A companion study to accompany CREST-2, this registry is for expansion of Medicare coverage for CAS to include procedures performed as part of C2R on symptomatic and asymptomatic patients beyond those categories covered under the 2005 CMS decision. Patients must either be excluded from or decline randomized trial CREST-2.

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Stroke Treatment at OhioHealth

At OhioHealth, we respond rapidly and expertly in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of stroke, when every minute counts.

Minimizing time to emergency stroke treatment

The sooner a patient is able to receive emergency stroke treatment, the better the chances of preventing life-altering brain damage. When stroke victims are en route to OhioHealth hospitals*, as soon as their stroke symptoms are identified in the Emergency Department, the OhioHealth Stroke Alert System is activated.

How the OhioHealth Stroke Alert System works: 

  • EMS notifies hospital of possible incoming stroke patient.
  • Patient arrives in Emergency Department (ED).
  • ED physician assesses symptoms and initiates Stroke Alert.
  • A series of overhead and digital pages alert stroke team.
  • Depending on the level of stroke, the patient receives appropriate treatment.

*Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center, Doctors Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital, Marion General Hospital

Our advanced stroke treatment technology

Stroke treatments involve removing or dissolving clots, administering medical therapy and restoring blood flow. Our leading-edge, minimally invasive treatments include:

  • tPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator)
  • Penumbra System®
  • MERCI® Retrieval System
  • Solitaire™ FR Revascularization Device
  • Trevo® Pro Retrieval System

Surgical prevention and repair 

In some instances, stroke patients may require surgical treatment to open blocked arteries to prevent future strokes or repair an aneurysm.  Our neurosurgeons and interventional neuroradiologists perform the following procedures:

  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • Carotid endartectomy
  • Aneurysm clipping
  • Coil embolization
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) repair
  • Ventriculostomy

OhioHealth stroke treatment connects to community hospitals

OhioHealth's stroke network uses advanced telemedicine to connect emergency teams at community hospitals to specialists in critical care and stroke at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. Learn more about our powerful stroke treatment network.

Outpatient and Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation

We work with our stroke patients throughout their recovery, offering individualized, focused outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation. Our goal is to help stroke patients get back to their lives as soon as possible.

Outpatient stroke rehabilitation 

At OhioHealth Upper Arlington Rehabilitation Center, our therapists are dedicated to the care and treatment of neurologic patients. This OhioHealth outpatient rehabilitation center is one of the few centers in the region in which patients can benefit from such focused expertise.

We treat more stroke patients at this advanced outpatient clinic than any outpatient clinic in central Ohio.

Treatment sessions are one-on-one with the therapist and range from 30 to 90 minutes, depending upon each patient’s individual, clinical need.  Patients requiring more than one type of therapy will have their sessions conveniently scheduled back to back. This state-of-the-art center features functional treatment space for patients, including a model home and simulated community environments. Family members are welcome to attend therapy sessions and are considered an essential part of the treatment process.

A physician referral is needed to start therapy.

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Inpatient stroke rehabilitation 

Should inpatient therapy be needed, stroke patients can receive state-of-the-art rehabilitative care at our OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. In this licensed acute care inpatient facility, stroke patients can benefit from individualized programs and a hands-on approach to help them:

  • Regain strength
  • Restore cognitive function
  • Relearn daily activities

Patients have appointments with various rehabilitation specialists each day. Our on-site staff and physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapists work daily with patients according to each person’s individualized program.

To be eligible for admission, patients must:

  • Require daily access to a rehabilitation physician
  • Require 24-hour rehabilitation nursing
  • Need at least two forms of therapy
  • Be able to tolerate a relatively intense therapy program, consisting of at least three hours of therapy per day, five to seven days a week
  • Have the ability to achieve rehabilitation goals

Physician referral is required. 

Get On Track with Stroke Prevention 

OhioHealth's McConnell Heart Health Center and Grant Health and Fitness Center are staffed with certified exercise physiologists and nutritionists who can help get you on track for stroke prevention and good health.

Call these Centers to schedule a tour and find out how you can set up a health and exercise program for you and your family:

Take our Stroke and Heart Attack Risk Assessment.

If you or someone you know experiences signs and symptoms of stroke, call 911 immediately. 

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