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Stroke Telemedicine Services

Time is of the essence when treating patients who are experiencing a stroke. For patients located in U.S.A, Caribbean and Britain, Vortex Tele Health stroke Program brings world-class stroke specialists to their remote locations and triage conditions immediately, which have:

  • Real-time assessments of stroke patients, saving valuable time on transporting them to other facilities
  • Consults on the use of blood thinners, increasing the number of stroke patients treated with IV tPA
  • Access to a vascular neurologist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Advanced therapies and specialized treatment to help patients recover physical and cognitive function


How Tele Health stroke care works

Tele Health stroke uses videoconferencing technology to link emergency physicians and experts at the Vortex Tele Health stroke care. Featuring a computer monitor and remote-controlled camera that allows for two-way audio and video communication, Vortex stroke experts can immediately:

  • See and assess the patient in real time
  • Ask questions of the patient, family members, and local emergency staff
  • View real-time extraction heart condition or access online CT scans
  • Help Tele Health physicians determine if the patient is a candidate for acute stroke therapy, including intravenous tPA

In addition to IV tPA, acute neurological intervention treatment is available that can also improve outcomes and decrease patient disability.

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How a Telehealth Consultation Works

Using HIPAA-compliant video conferencing technology and dedicated onsite resources, Vortex Tele Health Centers connect patients directly to clinicians and physicians.

The patient and the clinician can see and hear each other during the consultation. Medical staff at the Tele Health center online can assist the clinician in performing the exam, using digital instruments, in real time.

Visits are documented in the patient’s medical record to support continuity of care.

E-prescriptions and diagnostic testing can be ordered online at the Tele Health online location.

Patients must contact a physician’s office for information regarding available telehealth services; self-referrals are not preferred.


What is a Stroke?

A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. The lack of blood flow deprives the brain cells of vital oxygen, so they begin to die. A stroke can cause a person to permanently lose speech, movement and memory. There are two types of stroke: hemorrhagic and ischemic.

Hemorrhagic stroke

A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when either a brain aneurysm bursts (subarachnoid hemorrhage) or a weakened blood vessel begins to leak (intracerebral hemorrhage). These scenarios result in blood spilling into or around the brain and creates swelling and pressure. This damages both cells and tissue in the brain.

Ischemic stroke

An ischemic stroke is when a blockage occurs in a blood vessel that is carrying blood to the brain, resulting in blood being unable to reach the vein. This blockage is known as a blood clot. High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for an ischemic stroke.

There are two types of ischemic stroke. An embolic stroke occurs when a blood clot forms in the body and travels to the brain. A thrombotic stroke occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the arteries supplying blood to the brain.


Identify a stroke

Research indicates that too few people know what a stroke is and how to identify its symptoms.
  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause
  • F(ace): Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • A(rms): Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S(peech): Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • T(ime): If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.


Stroke Telemedicine Services

Patients within global reach of our “Tele Health online network now have even greater access to expert stroke care through telemedicine support. Our emergency “online physicians are able to provide all the immediate care needed for a stroke and telemedicine allows ours patients access to neurologists who can view scans and reports of tests in real-time.

Additionally, a neurologist can weigh in on the decision of tPA administration. tPA is a clot-busting drug for blockages in the arteries of the brain. The sooner tPA is administered, the more brain tissue can be preserved.

Telemedicine allows for quicker administration of tPA and faster, more specialized care, leading to improved outcomes for stroke patients right here online with our Vortex Tele Health Stroke Care professionals.

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