Cerebrovascular Diseases and Critical Care Overview

People who have strokes and other brain and blood vessel conditions (cerebrovascular diseases) benefit from being evaluated and treated by the doctors of the specialty group for cerebrovascular diseases and critical care. Your neurologist works with doctors trained in brain and nervous system surgery (neurosurgeons), cardiologists, and others to ensure you get exactly the care you need.

You may be seen in the Heart Brain Clinic, one of the first such advanced multidisciplinary clinics in the United States. At this clinic, you'll experience real-time collaborative consults by teams of subspecialists probing the heart-brain linkage driving stroke. The Heart Brain Clinic is available on Mayo's campuses in Florida and Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic's campuses in Florida and Minnesota are each certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, a national organization that evaluates and accredits hospitals and staff. Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, and the Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Mankato, Minnesota, are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission.

Conditions and treatments

Research advances that improve clinical care

Our clinician-researchers and scientists are committed to advancing the understanding of brain and blood vessel conditions (cerebrovascular diseases) and developing new treatments. They conduct research and review medical histories to learn how diseases progress, how to treat them and which treatments may be most appropriate for people. Read more about research in stroke and vascular disease.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked highly performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021-2022 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

June 26, 2021