Symptoms of stroke require immediate attention and anyone suffering from any of the listed symptoms should go to the hospital as soon as possible. Immediate medical care is the best hope for minimizing the long-term effects of stroke.
Mini-stroke treatment may require:
- Multiple medications to prevent stroke
- Surgery on the neck’s carotid arteries
- Stenting in the carotid arteries to keep the artery open and blood flowing
A stroke requires emergency treatment and will include a CT scan, oxygen for breathing, a physical exam and emergency surgery to drain blood and stop additional bleeding. The immediate goal is to control bleeding and reduce pressure on the brain. Once a patient is stabilized, he or she remains in the hospital for several days and medical care is focused on helping the patient regain their strength, recover as much body function as possible and return home. Plans will also be made for stroke recovery. Rehabilitation can include speech therapy, physical therapy, nutritional education, occupational therapy and help from social services.