Do you think you are having a stroke?

fast-stroke_499x204When diagnosing a stroke, time is critical. A quick diagnosis will ensure the use of treatment that can help with better results for your recovery.

Arrival at the Hospital

Provide detailed medical history and information about any past medical conditions. Knowing the exact time stroke symptoms began would be very helpful.

Initial Tests

Rule out any other conditions that have symptoms similar to a stroke.

Determine Type of Stroke

CT scan/MRI of the brain.

4 Begin Treatment

Ischemic Stroke (caused by blood clot)

Drug Treatment: clot-busting medications
Surgery: thrombectomy
Preventive Treatment: anti-coagulants, blood pressure-lowering or cholesterol lowering

Hemorrhagic Stroke (caused by bleeding)

Drug Treatment: to reduce bleeding and lower pressure
Surgery: craniotomy
Other: look for underlying cause of the stroke

Other Assessments

EKG; blood tests, including complete blood count, blood sugar, blood clotting time, electrolytes, liver and kidney function; MRI to find out the amount of damage to the brain; carotid ultrasound if narrowing of a carotid artery is suspected; MRA (magnetic resonance angiogram).

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