Stroke Treatment

Your best chance for recovery from stroke depends on fast and accurate treatment. From the moment a stroke begins, you’re in a race against the clock. 

Quick response means:

  • Calling 9-1-1 as soon as you suspect someone is having a stroke 
  • Arriving at the hospital as soon as possible
  • Receiving treatment, such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) if appropriate within the first three hours following symptoms 

At New Hanover Regional Medical Center, our Stroke Program includes a stroke response process proven to deliver treatment quickly. Our multidisciplinary stroke team is activated from the moment the first emergency medical responder arrives. This allows us to prepare for your arrival in the emergency department and have lifesaving treatment options available immediately. 

For strokes resulting from blood clots, or ischemic strokes, a “clot-busting” drug called tPA is the best treatment option. The faster you receive tPA following stroke, the more likely you will recover from stroke, and the less likely you may have permanent disability from stroke. tPA may only be given within the initial three to four hours following the onset of stroke symptoms. Before you receive tPA, our stroke team will perform a CT scan to detect the possibility of a blood clot or any bleeding within the brain. Our onsite pharmacist will administer your tPA through an IV. tPA is a clot-busting drug that works to open the blocked blood flow to the brain.

Other medical treatment options for stroke include:

  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin)
  • Aggrenox (Aspirin and Dipyridamole)
  • Statins