Short term stroke treatments and management include blood thinners, medical management, and ways to reduce damage from ischemia.
Treatment by Stroke Type
Once you are identified by ambulance or emergency personnel as someone who could be having a stroke, doctors will first need to know when your symptoms started. This will set the tone for how care proceeds.
Heparin and its Uses
Heparin is an important medication used in hospitals to prevent the formation of blood clots, and the worsening of existing ones. It is used to treat strokes that are caused by identifiable blood clots.
Surgery to Relieve Brain Swelling (Hemicraniectomy)
Most strokes are small and cause insignificant brain swelling. However, when the swelling is to a large degree, the brain can be completely deprived of blood.
Brain Cell Protection
Neuroprotection is one of the focuses of stroke research.
Swallowing Dysfunction: How It Is Evaluated After Stroke
Swallowing tests can be necessary after a stroke, especially if food keeps going "down the wrong pipe" when you swallow. If this happens, it might be a sign that you are suffering from swallowing dysfunction.
The Whys and Why-Nots of Feeding Tube Placement
Stroke can lead to severe enough difficulty swallowing to require the temporary or even permanent placement of a feeding tube. But deciding whether or not to allow doctors to place of a feeding tube in a loved one can be an extremely difficult task.
Clinical Trial Resource Center
This resource from the National Stroke Association Clinical Trials Resource Center provides information about clinical research on medical therapies for stroke treatment and prevention, and about how you can become a participant.