After suffering a stroke, obtaining emergency care can save your life. The emergency care physicians will rapidly diagnose your condition and determine the best possible treatment for you. Stroke treatments can include the use of medications to break up the blood clot that is disrupting blood flow to the brain. If medications are ineffective, the team at the stroke center may recommend a surgical procedure. After your condition has stabilized, you can expect extensive rehabilitation to improve function.
Thrombolytic therapy involves the use of medications to rapidly dissolve blood clots. This treatment is appropriate for patients who have suffered an ischemic stroke and who have sought emergency care within a certain period of time. The physicians at the stroke center can administer tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a type of drug, within three hours of the onset of stroke.
Merci Retrieval System
If tPA fails to work or you are not a good candidate for thrombolytic therapy, the team at the stroke center may use the Merci retrieval system. This is a mechanical method of retrieving blood clots to restore blood flow to the brain. Using this corkscrew-shaped device, the doctor can trap the clot and physically remove it.
Even after the blood clot has been removed, the team at the stroke center might recommend a surgical procedure to lower the risk of another stroke. During a carotid endarterectomy, the surgeon will open the carotid artery. Then, he or she will remove fatty deposits in the artery that could have ruptured and caused another blood clot to form.
Patients who have suffered a hemorrhagic stroke may be candidates for surgical intervention. One procedure is endovascular embolization, which involves the insertion of a catheter into an artery. The catheter is guided to the brain with the help of x-ray imaging. Then, the catheter is used to insert very tiny coils into the aneurysm, preventing further bleeding onto the brain.
The Stroke Center team at Palms of Pasadena Hospital is committed to saving the lives of our community members. Our hospital is pleased to serve St. Petersburg-area families with advanced stroke treatments, coordinated inpatient care, and personalized rehabilitative services. Give our hospital a call at (855) 245-8328 to learn more about the services available at our Stroke Center.