Neurovascular Disease and Stroke Center
The UCSF Neurovascular Disease and Stroke Center provides comprehensive care for stroke and other complex disorders affecting blood supply to the brain and spinal cord, including brain aneurysms, carotid artery disease, cervical artery dissection and vascular malformations. Our team also specializes in preventive care and screening for patients at high risk for these conditions.
We offer the full range of treatments, from medications to surgery and rehabilitation, and our patients may benefit from new therapies under evaluation in clinical trials. Patients who have had strokes, for example, may be eligible to join the UCSF Stroke Recovery Initiative, a research program focused on designing and evaluating new approaches to healing after stroke.
Our team is proud of the recognition we've received for providing exceptional patient care. Our center is a designated advanced primary stroke center, certified by the Joint Commission, an independent national accreditation organization for health care institutions. We are the first center in San Francisco to receive this designation. In addition, two patient and research advocacy organizations, the Angioma Alliance and Cure HTT, have named UCSF a center of excellence for treating patients with vascular abnormalities.
Our quality outcomes
We are dedicated to continually raising the bar on what exceptional neurovascular care means for our patients, and we work to ensure that outcomes for our patients reflect that. For example, in our effort to deliver care with better outcomes, we lowered the complication rate after a diagnostic angiogram from 0.6 percent in 2017 to 0.0 percent in 2018.
|Complications or In-Hospital Mortality after Diagnostic Angiogram||2017||2018|
|In-Hospital Mortality after Elective Cerebral Aneurysm Clipping and Coiling||2017||2018
|Stroke or Death within 30 Days after Carotid Revascularization Procedure
|Asymptomatic carotid disease||0%||2.3%|
|Symptomatic carotid disease||5%||0%|
Our center is part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.
Sleep for Stroke Management and Recovery Trial
The purpose of this study is to determine whether treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with positive airway pressure starting shortly after acute ischemic stroke or high risk TIA (1) reduces recurrent stroke, a...
Stroke Recovery Initiative - Registry for Stroke Research Studies
The Stroke Recovery Initiative is a nation-wide participant recruitment registry that connects people who have had a stroke with researchers who are working to develop new approaches to improve recovery after stroke.
AtRial Cardiopathy and Antithrombotic Drugs In Prevention After Cryptogenic Stroke
Objectives - Primary: To test the hypothesis that apixaban is superior to aspirin for the prevention of recurrent stroke in patients with cryptogenic ischemic stroke and atrial cardiopathy. - Se...
Head Pulse for Ischemic Stroke Detection
Accurate diagnosis of stroke due to large vessel occlusion (LVO) is an essential step in providing acute stroke care to a community. The gold-standard for diagnosis LVO is brain imaging, which is impractical in the p...
Awards & recognition
Best hospital in Northern California
Best in the West for neurology and neurosurgery
Ranked No. 3 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery
Case Management and Social Work
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.
Neurology Support Groups
The UCSF Aneurysm and Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Support Group encourages all patients with these blood vessel disorders to join. Find more info here.
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Spiritual Care Services
Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.
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Our research initiatives
UCSF Department of Neurology Research
The UCSF Department of Neurology conducts research to improve understanding of neurological disorders, with the goals of finding better treatments and methods of prevention.