North Cypress Medical Center's Stroke Center is committed to providing the BEST in evaluation and treatment for those patients that are experiencing or have experienced a stroke. At North Cypress, we understand that when you or a loved one are experiencing a stroke, MINUTES MATTER! Timely intervention at a recognized stroke center such as North Cypress Stroke Center can make all of the difference. At North Cypress, our neurologists and neurosurgery specialists work with our emergency room physicians and staff to quickly diagnose and treat those patients that come into the ER experiencing stroke symptoms. Our specialists use the latest medical therapies including thrombolysis - clot busting medications - to treat stroke patients. Our fully staffed 20-bed Intensive Care Unit is also trained to provide critical care following the initial treatment of life threatening illnesses, such as a stroke. These emergency stroke treatments are available 24/7 at our Main Campus Emergency Room. North Cypress Medical Center's Stroke Center has been accredited by the Joint Commission and designated as a Primary Stroke Center. This means that we have been recognized for excellence in treatment protocols and patient care. The Stroke Center was also recognized by the American Heart / American Stroke Association with a Get with the Guidelines and Gold Plus - Target: Stroke Elite Achievement Award. Hospitals must achieve 85% adherence or higher to all "Get with the Guidelines - Stroke" achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75% or higher compliance with five of eight established quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient's arrival at the hospital and the treatment with the clot-buster drug, or TPA. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, TPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of the stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Women's Choice Award also recognized the North Cypress Stroke Center as one of America's Best Stroke Centers. Hospitals that have earned this award must first hold an Advanced or Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, recognizing stroke centers that meet high standards for stroke care as recognized by the Joint Commission. North Cypress Stroke Center is part of our commitment to "5-Star Care" and to serving the medical needs of Houston and surrounding communities.