Oregon Stroke Center

 A national leader in acute stroke treatment.


Welcome to the Oregon Stroke Center

The Oregon Stroke Center (OSC) was established over 20 years ago to provide comprehensive treatment and prevention services to stroke patients throughout the Northwest. Recognized as a national leader in acute stroke treatment, the OSC mobile stroke team provides novel stroke treatments to multiple Portland hospitals. In addition to clinical care, the OSC is actively involved in clinical and basic research and provides extensive stroke related education to the public and providers.

New Advancements in Stroke Recovery

Quick action and new advancements here at OHSU are helping people recover from stroke.

Watch one stroke survivor's story on KPTV

Know These Warning Signs

Stroke Is A Medical Emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others.
Every second counts:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical services (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for you. Also, check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared. It's very important to take immediate action. If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. tPA is the only FDA-approved medication for the treatment of stroke within three hours of stroke symptom onset.

A TIA or transient ischemic attack is a "warning stroke" or "mini-stroke" that produces stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce your risk of a major stroke. The usual TIA symptoms are the same as those of stroke, only temporary. The short duration of these symptoms and lack of permanent brain injury is the main difference between TIA and stroke.

From the American Stroke Association Website

How To Transfer A Patient To The Oregon Stroke Center

  1. Call the OHSU Transfer Center at 503-494-7000.
    The Stroke Team pager number is 12600.
  2. Discuss the case with the Stroke doctor on call.
    Appropriate Case Examples:
    • Onset < 24 hours with significant weakness, speech or vision deficits
    • Post tPA cases
    • Fluctuating symptoms
    • Carotid stenosis cases
  3. Depending on weather conditions the local physician will arrange EMS ground transport if the patient is approximately less than 2 hours away.
    The OHSU Transfer Center will arrange air transport if patient is approximately more than 2 hours ground distance.

OHSU has received the Gold Performance Achievement Award in Stroke

From the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association comes news that OHSU has received the Gold Performance Achievement Award in Stroke. Read more

After stroke, Portland woman's brain on the rebound

When McCarron woke up on a Tuesday morning, she couldn't move her left side. She rushed to Oregon Health & Science University, where it still took doctors almost a day to find the source of her paralysis: A small blood vessel leading to a deep part of her brain was closing, choking off a dime-sized region of her brain that controlled motion.

"Most strokes happen all at once, but strokes in this location can behave differently," said Dr. Helmi Lutsep, the OHSU stroke specialist who treated McCarron.

Read full Oregonlive.com story