Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about stroke.

How is a stroke treated?

Dr. John Terry explains how a stroke is treated. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Stroke can be treated with medication, endovascular procedures, and in some cases, surgery according to the American Heart AssociationOff   Site Icon(ASA).

Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is a medication used to treat a stroke. Endovascular treatments include clot removal, administration of tPA directly into the blood clot, or coiling. Surgical treatments include procedures on the carotid artery, angioplasty, and the insertion of stents, according to the ASA.

Treatment depends on the type of stroke, or the cause of stroke, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon(NIH). Ischemic strokes occur when an artery is clogged, blocking oxygen-rich blood flow to the brain. In these events, clot-dissolving medicines are used to the treat the stroke or clot retrieval devices are used to remove the clot, according to the NIH.

Hemorrhagic strokes, a less common form, happen when an artery in the brain leaks or ruptures. In these cases, surgical options – including clamps or coiling - may be necessary, according to the NIH.

Talk to your doctor about ways that stroke is treated.

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Source: Bryan Ludwig, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; John Terry, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Elizabeth Marriott, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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