The treatment for stroke is dependent on the type of stroke that occurred.
For a hemorrhagic stroke, treatment focuses on controlling the bleeding and reducing the pressure on your brain from the excess fluid by specific emergency measures such as:
Once bleeding is under control, the patient is placed on medications to treat high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol to prevent future strokes.
For an ischemic stroke, doctors must quickly restore blood flow to the brain where the blockage occurred.
Doctors do this by injecting medicine to dissolve blood clots, and by performing emergency endovascular procedures to surgically remove blood clots and restore blood flow to the brain.
Many of these patients will be put on an aspirin treatment plan as well as medicines to control their high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol.