Stroke Treatment

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Recognizing the warning signs of stroke and getting immediate treatment is critical. Dr. Edward Hill discusses stroke treatment 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.

To treat an ischemic stroke, doctors must quickly restore blood flow to 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.

Aspirin is an immediate treatment given in the emergency room to reduce the likelihood of having another stroke. Aspirin prevents blood clots from forming.

Emergency surgery is sometimes required to drain blood that has hemorrhaged into the brain or to halt further bleeding. Physicians also use balloons and stents to open blocked brain arteries.

Emergency treatment of hemorrhagic stroke focuses on controlling bleeding and reducing pressure in the brain. Surgery may also be performed to help reduce further risk.

Dont hesitate to seek immediate medical treatment with any stroke symptoms.

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