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Disease Information : Stroke : Treatment

Stroke : Treatment

How is stroke treated?

The treatment of stroke various greatly depending on the type of stroke, its location, the patient’s risk factors, and a host of other factors. A patient with an ischemic stroke may be treated with a clot-buster medication called tPA, which must be used within 3 hours of stroke onset. Patients with bleeding in the brain might benefit from some types of surgery, depending on the type of stroke and its location.


Control of risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking can reduce the risk of a first or recurrent stroke. To prevent ischemic strokes blood thinners such as aspirin or Plavix are often used. In some cases, another type of blood thinner such as warfarin can be used to prevent a stroke from atrial fibrillation. Surgery or endovascular stenting of the carotid artery in the neck can be useful for stroke prevention if the artery has a significant blockage.

Stroke section was last modified: April 25, 2008 - 05:02 pm