27 June 2007
Soon after a stroke has occurred, a patient will most likely be admitted to hospital to receive close observation, supportive care and to be made comfortable. Doctors will carry out studies to find out more about the stroke. The treatment given will depend on how serious and extensive the injury to the brain has been and what kind of stroke has happened.
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- In the short term, some medicines may be used to try to limit the damage caused by the stroke.
- When it is certain that a burst blood vessel is not the cause of the stroke, medicines to prevent further blood clots might be used, such as aspirin or stronger blood thinners.
- Sometimes surgery might be recommended in some patients to repair a burst or torn blood vessel, and very occasionally, is used to remove blockages in larger arteries.
- A specialist doctor will decide on the best treatment once investigations have been made so that further damage, for example, due to bleeding, is not made worse.
- Overall, during the recovery period, this will also involve rehabilitation to improve speech, movement and activity levels. Following this, the main aim of treatment is to prevent another stroke from happening.
By Astra Zeneca (A community public education information)