Education & Wellness Programs
The UVM Medical Center offers many education and wellness programs to help members of our community reduce their risk of stroke and other health concerns, including:
- Free classes through the HealthSource Community Education Series and Community Medical School
- Health information and resources at the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center
- Quit smoking classes and counseling
- Blood pressure and cholesterol screenings
- Support groups
- Aphasia Group at UVM - Mike Cannizzaro, (802) 656-3861
- Driver Rehab - (802) 847-3140
- Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, (802) 847-8821
- Individually Designed Exercise for Active Lifestyles (IDEAL) - Susan Kasser, Ph.D., (802) 656-7742
- Stroke Support Group - Becky Louko, RPT, (802) 847-0142
- Vocational Rehab - 1 (866) 879-6757
Stroke Endovascular Care Outcomes
Taken from the Ischemic Stroke Treatment | American Stroke Association:
An endovascular procedure or a mechanical thrombectomy is a strongly recommended option to remove a clot in eligible patients with a large vessel occlusion, or LVO. In this procedure, doctors use a wire-cage device called a stent retriever. They thread a catheter through an artery in the groin up to the blocked artery in the brain. The stent opens and grabs the clot. Special suction tubes may also remove the clot.
The below information was taken from the Get With the Guidelines - Stroke database. Get With The Guidelines®– Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Numerous published studies demonstrate the program’s success in achieving measurable patient outcome improvements.
In 2022, 82.2% of stroke thrombectomies performed at UVMMC resulted in successful reperfusion (TICI 2B or 3).
Of those cases, 72.2% of UVMMC thrombectomies were completed within 120 minutes (national goal) of hospital arrival, as compared to 66.4% of New England hospitals.
Of those cases, the UVMMC Neurointerventional Radiologists had a median time from skin puncture, to substantial reperfusion of 25.5 minutes (range: 8 - 68), vs New England hospitals which report a median time 29 minutes (range: 0 - >120)
- In 2022 80.5% of stroke patients who underwent a thrombectomy at UVMMC were discharged home, to an acute rehabilitation center, or a subacute rehabilitation center. New England hospitals report 74.2% of patients fell into the same discharge categories.
There is an abundance of stroke information and resources that can be accessed online. At the UVM Medical Center, we adhere to the American Stroke Association guidelines for stroke care.
We also recommend the following websites for additional information:
Below is a list of additional resources to help you learn more about stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
- Anticoagulants and Antiplatelet Agents (American Stroke Association)
- I Will Prevent Another Stroke (American Heart Association)
- Life's Simple 7:
- Stroke Risk Assessment (AHA)
- Taking Steps to Prevent Another Stroke (AHA)