Stroke Treatment

Your best chance for recovery from stroke depends on fast and accurate treatment. Highly trained specialists are available to provide round-the-clock interventional stroke care, decreasing the time to treatment and improving patient outcomes.

NHRMC Stroke Program 

NHRMC's Stroke Program includes a stroke response process proven to deliver treatment quickly. Our multidisciplinary stroke team is activated with a call to 911, allowing us to prepare for your arrival where the stroke team is waiting for you in the emergency department. Once there, you will have a CT scan so that we can determine your treatment plan.

Treating Stroke With Surgery

Thrombectomy 

Thrombectomy is a treatment for ischemic stroke. It is the physical removal of a blood clot from a blocked artery in the brain. To restore blood flow to the brain, a trained doctor removes the blood clot using a special retrieval and/or suction device. The device is inserted through an artery in the arm or groin. This treatment greatly reduces the chances of death and disability from stroke if performed within 24 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms.

Treating Stroke With Medication

Depending on the type of stroke, a physician may prescribe the one or more of the medications below that are commonly used to treat and prevent future strokes.

The main treatment for ischemic strokes is a “clot-busting” drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). It works to open the blockage and get oxygen back to the brain. tPA must be given within the initial three to four hours following the onset of stroke symptoms. This is why it is important to keep track of symptoms and note the last time the patient was acting normally. 

Other medication treatment options for stroke include:

Aspirin

  • Stops platelets, the glue of blood clots, from getting sticky and clumping, helping prevent strokes long term

Clopidogrel (Plavix)

  • Clopidogrel stops platelets from getting sticky and clumping.
  • Used alone or in addition to aspirin

Warfarin (Coumadin)

  • Warfarin changes the body’s clotting system. It thins the blood to slow clots from forming.
  • It is used to prevent strokes in patients with irregular heart rhythms or who are more prone to clots.
  • You will need frequent blood work to determine dosing when taking this medication

Statins

  • Statins are drugs that decrease LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Statins block the production of cholesterol in your liver and also help remove bad cholesterol from your blood. They can also help stabilize the lining of blood vessels which can help prevent future strokes and even heart attacks. Several statins are currently on the market. Some examples include: Simvastatin (Zocor®), Lovastatin (Mevacor®), Pravastatin (Pravachol ®) and Atorvastatin (Lipitor®).