Stroke Treatment

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Time is crucial when you or a loved one has suffered a stroke. Dr. Edward Hill explains why as he talks about stroke treatment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain ruptures or is blocked by a blood clot. Stroke is a medical emergency. Immediate stroke treatment can save peoples lives and improve their chances for successful recovery.

Ischemic strokes, the most common type of strokes, can be treated in some patients with drugs that dissolve the blood clots obstructing blood flow to the brain.

A person with an ischemic stroke must be treated with clot busting drugs within three hours of initial onset of stroke symptoms. This means they need to get to the emergency room within 60 minutes of initial stroke symptoms. It can take some time to do the required studies to be sure you are a candidate for clot busting drugs.

Stroke medical treatments work to either open the blockage or treat the rupture. Patients who received clot busting drugs within three hours of the start of stroke symptoms are at least 30 percent more likely to recover with little or no disability after three months.

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