Why take low-dose aspirin?
Good old aspirin, the common pain reliever that has been in our
medicine cabinets for almost a century, also has a talent for prevention.
For people who have had a heart attack: Aspirin can help ...
What is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?
people call a transient ischemic attack (TIA) a mini-stroke, because the
symptoms are like those of a
stroke but do not last long. A TIA happens when blood
flow to part of the bra...
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.
Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems.
Stroke: Should I...
How soon can I expect to recover after my stroke?
How can I find specialists that can help me regain my skills and
Is there a recommended diet that I should follow?
Is there an exercise
program that I should follow? Wi...
Your doctor will probably prescribe several medicines after you have had a stroke. Medicines to prevent blood clots are typically used, because blood clots can cause TIAs and strokes.
The types of medicines that prevent clotting are:
When surgery is being considered after a
stroke, your age, prior overall health, and current
condition are major factors in the decision.
Surgery for ischemic stroke
If you have significant blockage in the caro...
Stroke rehabilitation (rehab) is a
critical part of a successful recovery. Early
rehab, begun as soon as possible after the
stroke, helps to reduce dependence on others. Most
recovery occurs during the first 3 months after a stroke but ma...
Thrombolysis, also known as thrombolytic therapy, is a treatment to dissolve dangerous clots in blood vessels, improve blood flow, and prevent damage to tissues and organs. Thrombolysis may involve the injection of clot-busting drugs through an intra...
stroke, home treatment will be an important part of
You may need to use assistive devices to help
Eat. Large-handled silverware can be easier to grab
and use if you h...
Initial treatment for a stroke happens in the hospital. The sooner you get treatment, the better. The worst damage from a stroke often
occurs within the first few hours. The faster you receive treatment, the less
damage will occur.
Time is critical when diagnosing a
stroke. A quick diagnosis-the sooner, the better-may
enable your doctor to use medicines that can lead to a better recovery.
The first priority will be to determine whether you are having an
Call911or other emergency services immediately if you have signs of a stroke:
Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body.
Sudden vision change...
If you have symptoms of a stroke,
call 911 or other emergency services right away. General symptoms of a
Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one...
You can help prevent a stroke if you
control risk factors and treat other medical conditions that can lead to a
And if you have already had a stroke or a
transient ischemic attack (TIA), you can prevent
another stroke i...
Causes of ischemic stroke
ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow to the brain. A
blood clot can develop in a narrowed artery that supplies the brain or can
travel from the heart (or elsewhere in the bod...
When you have an
ischemic stroke, the oxygen-rich blood supply to part of your brain is reduced.
hemorrhagic stroke, there is bleeding in the
After about 4 minutes without blood and oxygen,
What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when a blood
vessel in the brain is
blocked or bursts. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the brain
starts to die. The part of the body controlled by the damaged area of the brain