Ischemic Strokes and Treatment
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An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked, and the brain does not get the amount of blood it needs to function.
Two main types of blockages in the brain can cause an ischemic stroke:
- Thrombotic stroke is usually caused by hardening of the arteries. Blood vessels can become narrower and eventually close.
- Cardio-embolic ischemic strokes is caused by a blood clot which floats up in the brain and causes a blockage.
In both types of ischemic stroke, it is important to call 911 immediately.
Treating Ischemic Stroke
Ischemic strokes may be treated with a “clot-busting” drug that dissolves the clot and restores blood flow to the brain.
These drugs can only be given within 3 hours of developing symptoms. Call 911 immediately if you see someone experiencing stroke symptoms!