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Vascular Stroke Specialists Take Advanced Approach to Cerebrovascular Disease

March 09, 2023

Top vascular neurologists and neurosurgeons at Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute utilize the most advanced technology to expedite superior, evidence-based care to nearly 6,000 stroke patients annually at Orlando Health.


“We have the ability to care for patients suffering TIAs and simple strokes to the most complicated cerebrovascular conditions, including stroke in the young, Moyamoya disease, cerebral amyloid angiopathy and intravascular lymphomas,” says Arnaldo E. Vélez, MD, a board-certified vascular neurologist who serves as medical director of the Orlando Health Stroke Program.

“We are unique in that we have four full-time, board-certified and fellowship-trained vascular neurologists on call 24/7, as well as four interventional endovascular neurosurgeons,” says Dr. Vélez. “Our pool of stroke-trained nurses serves as stroke responders to help us exam patients and expedite them to treatment, whether thrombolysis or mechanical thrombectomy. We also have an extensive relationship with the cardiologists for cryptogenic stroke and patent foramen ovale (PFO) patients.”

Arnaldo E. Vélez, MD
Arnaldo E. Vélez, MD

These capabilities have earned Orlando Health facilities advanced certification for their elevated levels of stroke care. Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, and five community hospitals have achieved Primary Stroke Center status from The Joint Commission.

In addition to a well-trained team approach, Orlando Health has two dedicated angio-suites specifically designated for stroke patients and a third shared angio-suite, allowing specialists to perform three stroke interventions simultaneously using state-of-the-art technology.


“We have some of the most advanced technology in the region, and we use it in many novel ways,” says Dr. Vélez. “Our transcranial Dopplers are essential in our determining the cause of strokes, especially in our younger population, where we have seen a recent increase.”

Dr. Vélez’s team also uses innovative technology to better analyze cerebral blood vessels and blood flow, determine carotid artery health for repair and for detecting PFO in patients suffering embolic ischemic and cryptogenic strokes.

Orlando Health ORMC has been honored for two consecutive years among America's 100 Best Stroke Care™ hospitals by Healthgrades. The hospital also has received ANCC Magnet Recognition® for exceptional nursing practice and quality patient care, and its Vascular Surgical Step Down Unit, Neuroscience ICU and Neuroscience Unit have each received a Beacon Award for Excellence in bedside care from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

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