Vascular Neurology

Vascular neurology focuses on the treatment of vascular issues that involve the central nervous system, including stroke, brain hemorrhages and other kinds of brain bleeds.

What's a Vascular Neurologist?

A vascular neurologist is a neurologist with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke. While all neurologists can treat stroke, vascular neurologists are known as "stroke doctors" because of their extra stroke-focused training.

Many specialists besides vascular neurologists treat stroke, including:

If you or a loved one show signs and symptoms of stroke, call 911 for immediate medical attention. Prompt treatment may save your life and help reduce long-term effects of a stroke.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.


What is a Stroke?

A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when the flow of blood to the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells begin to die and abilities controlled by the affected area of the brain are impacted. These abilities include speech, movement and memory.

What's My Stroke Risk?

Learn your risk for stroke by reviewing the American Stroke Association’s Stroke Risk Scorecard. Share the results with your primary care provider.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Stroke Association. Use the acronym BEFAST to spot common signs of stroke. It could save your life or the life of a loved one.

  • Balance - Does the person have sudden loss of balance?
  • Eyes - Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes?
  • Face - Smile. Does one side of the face droop? 
  • Arms - Raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? 
  • Speech - Repeat a simple phrase. Is speech slurred or strange? 
  • Time - If you observe any of these signs, call 911 right away.

If you're experiencing stroke symptoms, call 911 immediately. Do not drive yourself.

Streamlined Stroke Diagnosis

When you arrive at an Essentia emergency room with stroke symptoms, your care team assesses your condition right away so you can get the right treatment as soon as possible. To diagnose your stroke, your doctor will:

If you come to the hospital by ambulance, paramedics begin evaluating your condition and communicating with Essentia doctors while you’re en route so we can expedite your care.

Timely Stroke Treatment

Your stroke treatment will depend on the type of stroke you are experiencing and how much time has passed since your symptoms started.

If you’re a candidate for a clot-busting medication such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) or tenecteplase (TNK), rely on us to get you the medication quickly.

If you’d benefit from a surgical treatment that’s not available at your location, depend on us to quickly and safely transport you to the nearest hospital that performs the most effective treatment for your condition.

Stroke Thrombectomy

The new minimally invasive surgery, known as the stroke thrombectomy, benefits stroke patients.

Medical Insight: Stroke Thrombectomy Video Transcript

SPEAKER: Welcome Medical Insight, a weekly health care feature brought to you by the experts at Essentia Health. Here's your host, Maureen Talarico.

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MAUREEN TALARICO: Today on Medical Insight, interventional neurologist, Dr. Vikram Jadhav talks about strokes and the new minimally invasive surgery known as the stroke thrombectomy.

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VIKRAM JADHAV: An acute stroke is an instantaneous development of stroke symptoms in which a person can have paralysis on one side of the body, slurred speech, loss of language function, inability to communicate, and in rare instances even loss of consciousness, which can eventually lead to death. MAUREEN TALARICO: One current treatment is delivering a clot busting medication, but the medication can only be given up to four hours after stroke symptoms begin. A new catheter-based treatment known as the strokes run back to me is conducted in a neuroangiography suite and is available to patients between 8 and 24 hours from when symptoms begin.

Gloved hands prepare the catheter tube. An X-ray of a clot. A surgeon using monitors to navigate.

VIKRAM JADHAV: A stroke from back to me, essentially means putting a catheter through the groin, going up to the brain blood vessel where the clot is located to capture the clot, take it out, restore blood supply to the brain, and prevent massive stroke symptoms, which allows faster healing for the patient. MAUREEN TALARICO: According to Dr. Jadhav, the advantage of being part of the stroke team is the continuum of care.

Two masked surgeons wearing blue scrubs watch a set of six monitors, while one of them navigates the catheter to the clot with their hands.

VIKRAM JADHAV: Because in stroke time is everything.

An X-ray of the catheter moving through the body towards the clot.

The more time you are able to save, the more brain you are able to salvage and preserve functions and have a good quality of life after having a stroke. MAUREEN TALARICO: For Medical Insight, I'm Maureen Talarico. SPEAKER: To learn more about this topic, call our experts at 786-3107.

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Stroke Recovery & Rehabilitation

You’ll appreciate a care team that starts planning for your recovery as soon as you’re admitted to the emergency room. You may work with a care coordinator, patient navigator, social worker, or nurse to decide where to go when you leave the hospital and help you connect with resources in your hometown community.

Throughout your stroke recovery, find rehabilitation and care services to meet your needs at Essentia. Learn about:

  • Balance – Does the person have sudden loss of balance?
  • Eyes – Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes?
  • Face – Smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms – Raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech – Repeat a simple phrase. Is speech slurred or strange?
  • Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 911 right away.

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