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About the Program

The goal of the Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke Program is to provide the highest level of care for patients and families dealing with stroke, transient ischemic attack, and other cerebrovascular conditions, including brain aneurysms and vascular malformations.

Inpatient care is provided at the Neuroscience Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which includes a ten-bed Neuro Special Care Unit. Our diagnostic capabilities include MRI and MRA, MR perfusion, conventional (digital subtraction) angiography, among other diagnostic tests. Our clinical and research activities include the closure of patent foramen ovale in cryptogenic stroke and carotid artery stenting.

We also provide educational materials for hospitalized patients and their families and develop a curriculum for medical students and housestaff.

Gold level service

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center once again received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes DHMC's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving at least two years of 85% or higher adherence to all Get with the Guidelines program quality indicators to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. Quality indicators include always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

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