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Stroke

A stroke happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops. A stroke is sometimes called a "brain attack". If blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen. Brain cells can die, causing permanent damage.

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Vascular Surgery

Tufts MC Vascular Surgery manages arterial and venous diseases using innovative surgical techniques at our downtown Boston hospital.
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Neurocritical Care Program

Learn about the Neurocritical Care Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston that provides treatment for prolonged seizure, hemorrhagic stroke and more.
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Stroke Center

Learn more about our Comprehensive Stroke Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston which offers top care and treatment for stroke patients.
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Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) Program

Explore our Stroke in Young Adults Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston which helps young adult and pediatric stroke survivors navigate their lives after a stroke.
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Doctors + Care Team

David E. Thaler, MD, PhD, FAHA

David E. Thaler, MD, PhD, FAHA

Title(s): Neurologist-in-Chief, Tufts Medical Center; Chairman, Department of Neurology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Stroke

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Adel M. Malek, MD, PhD

Adel M. Malek, MD, PhD

Title(s): Chief, Division of Neurovascular Surgery; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8200
Fax #: 617-636-7587

Aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural fistulas, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracranial atherosclerosis, arterial dissection

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Deborah Green-LaRoche, MD

Deborah Green-LaRoche, MD

Title(s): Director of Clinical Research, Department of Neurology; Neurointensivist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Neurocritical care, vascular neurology

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Joshua Kornbluth, MD

Joshua Kornbluth, MD

Title(s): Medical Director, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit; Neurologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Neurocritical care

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Lester  Y. Leung, MD

Lester Y. Leung, MD

Title(s): Director, Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) Program; Director of Quality and Safety, Neurology; Neurologist
Department(s): Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Vascular neurology including stroke in young adults, ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, dissection, reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, vascular malformations, silent strokes and survivorship

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Xuemei  Cai, MD

Xuemei Cai, MD

Title(s): Neurologist
Department(s): Neurology, Neurocritical Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4948
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Neurocritical care

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Research + Clinical Trials


Stroke Hyperglycemia Insulin Network Effort Trial

The purpose of this study is to find out the effects of controlling blood sugar within a narrow range by giving IV insulin in patients with high blood sugar within 12 hours of developing symptoms of a stroke. The study is to determine if giving IV insulin to people with high blood sugar and who have had a stroke can improve recovery as compared to those who receive insulin by an injection under the skin. Studies have shown that high blood sugar levels during a stroke could be associated with more damage to the brain than normal blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels can be lowered with insulin. The five different insulins that will be used in this study are approved by the FDA and are approved for this use as well. A subject will be assigned to one of 2 study groups: IV insulin and subcutaneous insulin. The subject will have a 50% chance to be assigned in one of the two groups by an internet-based randomization system.
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CS SPECTRE: Covert Strokes – Semi-structured interviews of Patient Experiences, Concerns, information Transfer, and Risk Estimation

This study is a qualitative exploration of the experiences and concerns of patients following the detection of incidentally discovered strokes without apparent symptoms (covert strokes, or silent strokes). We hope to better understand the needs of patients in order to orient future studies in screening, treatment, and prevention to meet those needs.
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CS SCARLETT: Covert Strokes – Semi-structured interviews of Clinicians Assessing Risk, Logical inference, and Equipoise of Treatments and Testing decisions

This study is a qualitative exploration of the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of clinicians who provide care for patients with covert brain infarcts (silent strokes). We hope to better understand how clinicians are currently approaching incidentally discovered strokes without apparent symptoms.
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Multicenter, randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, active-comparator, event-driven, superiority phase III study of secondary prevention of stroke and prevention of systemic embolism in patients with a recent Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source (ESUS) comparing rivaroxaban 15 mg once daily with aspirin 100 mg

The purpose of this study is to find out whether a new anti-clotting medication called rivaroxaban leads to fewer blood clots in your brain (stroke) or in other blood vessels in your body when compared with aspirin.
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Secondary Stroke Prevention in Patients with Patent Foramen Ovale: The International PFO-Consortium

The purpose of this study is to learn more about how often people with PFOs have a second stroke after having the first one. This registry will investigate the impact of age, blood thinning drugs (such as aspirin and Coumadin), and closure of the PFO on the risk of stroke.
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