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There are a variety of treatments for a stroke and they are mainly treated
on an emergency basis. The emergency treatment will depend on the type
of stroke you've had, cause, how much time has elapsed between the
stroke and the seeking of care as well as whether it's a Ischemic
Stroke where there is a blockage of a artery or a hemorrhagic stroke where
it involves a blood vessel burst which involves bleeding into the brain.
An ischemic stroke must be treated by the doctors quickly to restore blood
flow to the brain. Therapy with drugs that break up the clot in the artery
are usually given within four hours of the onset of the stroke. If for
some reason you cannot have a certain drug you may be given an antiplatelet
medicine such as aspirin to stop platelets from clotting together.
A hemorrhagic stroke must be treated differently because it means an artery
has burst or is leaking blood into the brain and medication may make it
worse. The first steps in this treatment is to locate the cause of the
bleed and control it. Surgery may also be needed if the stroke is due
to an aneurysm. Aneurysm clipping or coil embolization Aneurysm clipping
is done to block off the aneurysm from the blood vessels in the brain.
This is done through a small incision into the brain. Your physician may
also recommend Coil embolization. During this procedure a tube is inserted
through an artery in the groin. The tube is slowly threaded to the site
of the aneurysm. Then a tiny coil will be pushed through the tube into
the aneurysm. The coil will cause a blood clot to form which will block
blood flow into the aneurysm and keep it from bursting.
SCCNS uses a team approach to care for stroke patients and we believe that
through this team approach every measure is taken to ensure the utmost
care of the patient.