Stroke 3

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Recognizing the warning signs of stroke and getting immediate treatment is critical. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about treatment for stroke patients in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A stroke is a serious condition for which immediate treatment is required. The treatment varies depending on the type, size and location of the blockage or disruption of blood flow in the brain.

If a person gets to the hospital within the first three hours of initial symptoms from an ischemic stroke, a clot-busting drug may prevent a larger stroke from developing.

On rare occasions, emergency surgery is required to drain blood that has hemorrhaged into the brain or to halt further bleeding. Some patients undergo surgery to remove a blockage within the carotid artery, the artery that supplies blood to the brain. Physicians are now using balloons and stents to open blocked brain arteries.

The earlier blood flow is restored to brain cells, the better the chance for a full recovery.

Dont hesitate to seek immediate medical treatment with any stroke symptoms. How quickly you seek medical attention may be the most important factor in avoiding paralysis or even death.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.