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Stroke Program

Recognized Leader in Stroke Treatment

In April 2009, Eisenhower Medical Center was the first hospital in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to be designated a Certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. To receive designation as a Primary Stroke Center, Eisenhower participated in a rigorous application process and submitted data on stroke admissions, treatment plans and outcomes.

Eisenhower Medical Center is uniquely qualified to treat stroke with our Acute Stroke Team, a multidisciplinary group comprised of Neurologists, Interventional Neuroradiologists, Hospitalists, Nurse Practitioners and Emergency Physicians - all trained to assess acute ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, caused by blood clots that block blood flow to the brain.

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Stroke Program Medical Director

 Hamid Salari-Namin, MDHamid Salari-Namin, MD

  • Neurology
Temporarily unable to accept new patients.

Stroke Program Team

 Farhad Limonadi, MDFarhad Limonadi, MD

  • Spinal Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

Dedicated Specialists

Eisenhower Medical Center is uniquely qualified to treat stroke with our Acute Stroke Team, a multidisciplinary group comprised of Neurologists, Interventional Neuroradiologists, Hospitalists, Nurse Practitioners and Emergency Physicians - all trained to assess acute ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, caused by blood clots that block blood flow to the brain.

Eisenhower's Acute Stroke Team is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and uses state-of-the-art imaging of the arteries in the brain as well as the National Institutes of Health's Stroke Scale to begin an immediate assessment for stroke. Imaging used by the Team includes a computed tomography (CT) scan, which can rule out the presence of bleeding in the brain, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which shows the structure and function of the brain, or Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA), which produces precise images of brain tissue, giving the Team vital visual confirmation of stroke.

Innovative Treatments

A powerful clot-dissolving drug, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can be an effective treatment for some acute ischemic stroke patients.  Eisenhower Medical Center is the only hospital in the Coachella Valley to offer a highly specialized intra-arterial tPA procedure, which delivers tPA directly to the blood clot in the brain, potentially extending the effective treatment time for the stroke from three to six hours for some patients.

State-of-the-Art Technology

Additionally, Eisenhower Imaging Center offers patients even more precise and efficient methods of diagnosing stroke through their state-of-the-art imaging equipment including Siemens 64-slice CT scanner and Siemens MAGNETOM Espree Open Bore MRI. These diagnostic tools are used to detect conditions such as aneurysms and narrowed vessels, allowing for treatment of these conditions before the stroke occurs.

Know the Warning Signs of Stroke

For stroke victims, knowledge is power. By understanding and recognizing the warning signs of stroke, and quickly getting to a well-equipped, well-staffed hospital such as Eisenhower Medical Center the risk of complications and death can be reduced.
Signs and symptoms of stroke include:

  • One-sided weakness, numbness or paralysis
  • Blurred or decreased vision
  • Problems speaking or understanding
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Sudden severe or unexplained headache

Eisenhower Medical Center is uniquely qualified to treat stroke.  We are the only hospital in the Coachella Valley that has the ability to treat stroke at the source - inside the brain - often reversing or reducing the devastating effects of stroke.

There is a saying "Time is Brain".  By getting treatment during the first 3 hours after having suffered a stroke, Eisenhower Medical Center's team of experts can increase a patient's chances for a full recovery. 

Stroke symptoms include:

  • Sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, most often on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion
  • Trouble speaking
  • Trouble understanding speech (what other people are saying to you)
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no know cause
  • Rapid treatment of stroke is critical - Every minute counts!

Anyone who experiences these symptoms should call 911.