Treatments for stroke depend on what type of stroke you’re having. In order to treat ischemic strokes, blood must be restored to the brain quickly. One form of treatment involves emergency IV medication to help break up a blood clot. Intravenous treatment for a stroke needs to be given 4.5 hours after the first symptom in order for it to be effective.
Some doctors also use emergency endovascular treatments to treat strokes found directly in the blocked blood vessel. These treatments include medications delivered directly to the brain or by removing the clot with a stent retriever.
Hemorrhagic stroke treatment is focused on controlling the bleeding and reducing the pressure in the brain caused by the excess fluid. Depending on the severity, doctors use a variety of methods including:
Banner Health continues its commitment to improve access to the latest stroke diagnostic and treatment for patients through innovation.
By leveraging a new artificial intelligence-based technology, Banner Health has dramatically accelerated its ability to diagnose suspected strokes and initiate brain-saving treatment. With this new technology our stroke specialists are automatically notified of potential large strokes within minutes of completing CT imaging and the computerized platform can often recognize a stroke before the patient has left the CT scanner.
The technology also allows Banner’s stroke specialists to securely communicate to synchronize care and determine the optimal patient treatment decision, potentially saving critical minutes, even hours, in the triage, diagnosis, and treatment of strokes.
This early-warning system for strokes is used throughout the entire network of Banner hospitals in Arizona. It transforms the way we deliver stroke care for our community, resulting in improved outcomes for our patients.
Most people who suffer a stroke are admitted to the hospital for at least a day. Stroke recovery varies from person to person depending on the type of stroke. During your time in the hospital, you’ll get more insight into what happened. This will include the type of stroke, the amount of damage, where it occurred and the effects of the damage. There may also be additional tests and blood work performed.
Most strokes will cause some sort of physical change in a person, oftentimes either cognitive or physical. The good news is the brain can heal with the help of rehabilitation therapy programs. These programs will be selected by your doctor depending on your age, overall health, how much the stroke affected you, lifestyle and the availability of family members or caregivers.
Rehabilitation programs allow patients to improve their quality of life and regain independence. Recovery time from a stroke varies depending on the severity of the stroke and where the stroke happened in the brain. Some may recover quickly while others may take years.
Stroke rehabilitation programs address each individual’s needs. Common rehabilitation therapies include:
Banner Health is committed to providing the best treatment and building a rehabilitation program to help you get back to normal. Reach out to us with any questions during your stroke treatment or recovery process – we’re here to help.