Once a diagnosis of stroke is suspected or confirmed, treatments should immediately be started that can restore blood flow to the brains. TIMING is everything and will affect what treatments are used, including medications and medical procedures.
Initial treatment for a stroke varies depending on whether it's cause by a blood clot (Ischemic) or by bleeding in the brain (Hemorrhagic). When a stroke is diagnosed soon enough after the start of symptoms, clot-busting medications may be administered. To be effective, these medications MUST be given within 3 hours after the start of stroke symptoms. Additional procedures are being developed for treating strokes and all are TIME DEPENDENT.
Since timing is everything, it is important to call 9-1-1 if you, or someone around you, experiences warning signs of possible stroke. Do not drive to the hospital. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals can notify the Emergency Department of your symptoms and estimated arrival time so that lifesaving processes can be activated in advance.
REMEMBER TO DIAL, DON'T DRIVE!