In Case of Emergency

Call 9-1-1

What to Expect at the Hospital

When diagnosing a stroke, time is critical. A quick diagnosis will ensure the use of treatment that can help with better results for your recovery.


Arrival at the Hospital: Provide detailed medical history and information about any past medical conditions. Knowing the exact time stroke symptoms began would be very helpful.


Initial Tests: Rule out any other conditions that have symptoms similar to a stroke.


Determine Type of Stroke: CT scan/MRI of the brain.


Begin Treatment

Ischemic Stroke
(caused by blood clot)

Drug Treatment
(clot-busting medications)


Preventive Treatment
(anti-coagulants, blood pressure-lowering or cholesterol lowering)

Hemorrhagic Stroke
(caused by bleeding)

Drug Treatment
(to reduce bleeding and lower pressure)


(look for underlying cause of the stroke)


Other Assessments: EKG; blood tests, including complete blood count, blood sugar, blood clotting time, electrolytes, liver and kidney function; MRI to find out the amount of damage to the brain; carotid ultrasound if narrowing of a carotid artery is suspected; MRA (magnetic resonance angiogram).

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