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A stroke requires immediate emergency treatment and receiving treatment early is essential in reducing the damage from a stroke.

It is critical to get to the hospital and be diagnosed as soon as possible.

The chances for survival and recovery are also best if treatment is received at a hospital specifically certified as a comprehensive stroke center.

The University of Maryland Medical Center is one of three comprehensive stroke centers in the state, providing the most sophisticated stroke treatments to our patients.

Treatment of Ischemic Stroke at the University of Maryland

Ischemic stroke treatments include medications and procedures to remove blockages in the blood vessel causing the stroke. Upon arrival in the emergency department, the stroke patient will be evaluated to see if they can receive the medication called Alteplase.

 Alteplase is administered through an IV in the arm. This drug is sometimes referred to as a clot-busing medication. To get the best results, the clot buster must be given as quickly as possible after stroke symptoms happen.

Certain ischemic stroke patients may benefit from having a mechanical retrieval (endovascular recanalization). Mechanical retrieval involves a catheter-based procedure, also referred to as endovascular procedures. These procedures are performed in stroke centers with specialty doctors called interventional neuroradiologists.

During the procedure, a thin catheter is inserted into the femoral artery and thread through the brain's blood vessels to where the clot is located. The catheter is used to disrupt the stroke-causing blood clot. The blood clot is removed via the wire.