Stroke - Topic Overview
What is a stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel (artery) that supplies blood to the brain bursts or is blocked by a blood clot. Within minutes, the nerve cells in that area of the brain are damaged, and they may die within a few hours.
Stroke Guide - Medications
It is very important to seek emergency medical attention for stroke symptoms. If you are having an ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blood clot, you may be able to receive tissue plasminogen activator (t - PA), a clot - dissolving medication. It is no
Stroke Guide - Cause
An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow to the brain.
Carotid Endarterectomy for TIA and Stroke
Carotid endarterectomy is surgery to remove plaque buildup in the carotid arteries.
Stroke - Prevention
For some people, stroke prevention may begin after a transient ischemic attack (TIA) - a warning sign that a stroke may soon occur. Prompt medical attention may help prevent a stroke.
Stroke - Symptoms
If you have symptoms of a stroke, seek emergency medical care.
Stroke Guide - Exams and Tests
Time is critical when diagnosing a stroke. A quick diagnosis within the first 3 hours may enable your doctor to use medications that can lead to a better recovery. The first priority will be to determine whether you are having an ischemic or hemorrhagic s
Stroke Guide - Home Treatment
After a stroke, home treatment will be an important part of your rehabilitation.You may need to use assistive devices to help you eat, get dressed, and walk.
Angiogram of the Head and Neck
Angiogram of the head and neck is an X-ray test that uses fluoroscopy to take pictures of the blood flow within the blood vessels of the head and neck.
Interactive Tool: What Is Your Risk for a Stroke if You Have Atrial Fibrillation? - What's next?
Talk to your doctor about how to lower your risk of stroke if you have atrial fibrillation.You may be able to take medication or make lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or changing your diet, that can reduce your chances of stroke. While warfarin offers the best protection against stroke, it can also cause serious bleeding and other problems. Some people cannot take warfarin because they