Part of any treatment for stroke includes a neurological evaluation to determine the severity of your stroke symptoms. The first step in treating stroke is to determine the type of stroke you are having and the areas of the brain being affected; this determination will most likely take place in our emergency department.
Learn more about emergency treatment here.
Each type of stroke is treated differently:
Ischemic stroke happens when a clot blocks a vessel supplying blood to the brain. It is the most common type of stroke. Treatment includes using a clot-bust drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to restore blood flow to the brain. Getting treatment as soon as possible increases the chances of survival and reduces complications. tPA must be administered within 4.5 hours of the start of stroke symptoms.
Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a rupture in a blood vessel within the brain. It is our primary focus and responsibility to triage and transfer patients who require a higher level of care to the closest appropriate center.
Neurointervention is a minimally invasive treatment approach to conditions that occur in the vessels of the brain or spine. It is our primary focus and responsibility to triage and transfer patients eligible for neuro-interventional procedures to the closest appropriate center.
Transient ischemic attacks or mini-stroke is a temporary blockage that resolves itself and has no immediate consequences, but is a warning sign that can indicate the likelihood of a coming stroke. Treatment involves seeing your physician to talk about stroke prevention measures.