Cerebrovascular accident


What is a stroke ?

Stroke is a serious condition that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off.

The stroke can cause a sudden loss of brain function and symptoms such as muscular weakness and speech, vision and balance problems. It is essential to respond rapidly to stroke symptoms as every minute counts in minimising brain damage and possibly saving lives. It is therefore essential to know the common signs of a stroke and to dial 112 immediately in the event of a suspected stroke. 


Time is of the essence when treating a stroke and TIA (transient ischemic attack). This is why the Erasmus Hospital offers a specific care pathway for these patients on arrival at the Emergency Department or on hospitalisation. This pathway is  provided by a team of stroke specialists: a neurologist available on site 24/7, 6 vascular neurologists, 6 interventional neuroradiologists, specialised paramedics and    two operating theatres dedicated solely to surgery following brain damage. This exceptionally rapid intervention enables our multidisciplinary team to minimise brain damage to patients and to optimise their prospects of long-term recovery.