Stroke Treatment and Care

Stroke Treatments

The best treatment for stroke recovery depends 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:

  • Surgery
  • Surgical clipping
  • Coiling
  • Emergency measures, such as a blood transfusion
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Surgical AVM removal 

What Can I Expect After a Stroke?

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.

Stroke Recovery

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:

  • Physical activities, like motor-skill exercises and mobility training
  • Cognitive and emotional activities, such as therapy for cognitive or communication disorders
  • Technology-assisted activities, including virtual reality or functional electrical stimulation
  • Experimental therapies, such as biological therapies, alternative medicine and noninvasive brain stimulation

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.