Nationally recognized stroke treatment in Reston
Each minute counts when you're having a stroke, a leading cause of death in the U.S. At Reston Hospital Center, we deliver stroke care in a prompt, systematic and compassionate manner. You can rely on our experienced care teams for the fast response and effective stroke treatment you need to save your brain and safeguard your quality of life.
If you think someone is experiencing a stroke, call 911 immediately. Fast stroke treatment is critical to save a life.
These recognitions represent Reston Hospital's commitment to providing exceptional stroke care to the residents of Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
Accredited Stroke Center
We have earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for outstanding stroke treatment and are designated as an Accredited Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the nation's leading healthcare accrediting agency.
Our certification means you can count on us to consistently meet exacting national standards for stroke care, including door-to-needle times of 60 minutes or less for patients who may have experienced ischemic stroke (loss of blood to the brain) to receive treatment with clot-dissolving drugs.
Reston Hospital Center has also been acknowledged by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with their Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes our commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
To earn this award, Reston had to meet specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also must receive education on managing their health, and get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
Signs of a stroke
Stroke symptoms include sudden:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking or loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause
Types of stroke we treat
Our comprehensive stroke care program offers a complete range of medical and surgical interventions to treat:
- Ischemic stroke: Loss of blood flow to the brain, resulting from a clot-blocked artery
- Hemorrhagic stroke: Bleeding into the brain, resulting from a ruptured artery in the brain
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA): An episode that starts like a stroke but resolves itself without noticeable symptoms
Fast, coordinated stroke care
When Reston Hospital is notified of a potential stroke patient, our stroke care team calls a "Code Neuro." This is our well-established and highly integrated process—which also links us to area first responders—for quick response, diagnosis and treatment of stroke.
Calling a Code Neuro alerts us to the impending arrival of a potential stroke patient and gives us time to prepare. Within 30 minutes of calling a Code Neuro, our neurological care, medical laboratory and imaging services teams are on site.
Stroke treatment begins as soon as you are identified as a stroke patient, which is before the ambulance arrives at the hospital. This approach improves the care you receive across our continuum of services—our teams follow you from our emergency room, into intensive care, then through physical therapy and rehabilitation and beyond.
After your stroke, our Reston Therapy & Fitness Center team partners with you on the road to recovery and works with you to regain function, skills and independence in affected areas of your body through neurological rehabilitation. Our specialists use physical, occupational and speech/swallowing therapies customized for your optimal recovery.
Stroke resources and support
Our healthcare professionals deliver the most accurate and up-to-date information on topics related to stroke awareness and stroke prevention, as well as other important health issues, when requested by local groups. Call (703) 639-9566 to discuss your group's needs and interests.
Additional stroke resources include: