A stroke, also know as a brain attack, happens when there is a loss of blood supply to a part of the brain. There are two major types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes can be caused by clogged arteries, a clot forming in an artery that is already narrowed or by a clot breaking off from another place in the body and traveling up to the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes result from blood vessel in the brain bursting and causing blood to leak into the brain.

While Tucson boasts a half-dozen stroke centers, TMC is the city's only comprehensive stroke center that has 24/7 coverage by board-certified interventional neuroradiologists along with a neurology and neurosurgery stroke team.

The most effective treatment for many strokes is tissue plasminogen activator, or t-PA, a "clot buster" that works best when given within three hours (but can be given up to four and a half hours) of when symptoms first begin. Unfortunately, only about 3 to 5 percent of those who have a stroke get to the hospital in time to have this treatment.

The rapid-response stroke team at TMC knows that "time is brain." That's why every aspect of the stroke care program is built for maximum speed and efficiency.

TMC is accredited as a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. We also have earned the Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Elite Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.