Successful treatment of neurological conditions requires an experienced team that includes the expertise of neurologists, technological resources and the skill and talent of specially trained nurses and rehabilitation teams.
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital offers advanced diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services for stroke patients.
A stroke occurs when a clot forms in a blood vessel, blocking blood flow to the brain; or, less commonly, when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and blood floods into the surrounding tissue.
The first kind, responsible for the majority of strokes, is called an ischemic stroke. The second kind is called a hemorrhagic stroke. Either way, without the oxygen carried by the blood, brain cells begin to die.
Fast treatment of a stroke is critical. If a stroke is caused by a clot that blocks the blood vessel, physicians can limit the effects of the stroke by dissolving the clot with a drug called tPA — if used within three hours after the stroke begins.
For this reason, it is critical to seek medical attention immediately after the onset of any stroke symptoms.
If a stroke is suspected, diagnostic tests will be performed to determine if there is bleeding in the brain and determine whether the stroke is ischemic or hemorrhagic.