A stroke occurs when circulation of blood and nutrients to the brain fails. There are two basic categories of stroke: ischemic stroke which is caused by a blockage of blood flow and hemorrhagic stroke which is caused by bleeding in or around the brain.
Some people have stroke symptoms that last only for a short time and then go away on their own. This is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA is a sign that you have a serious medical problem, that is likely to progress to a stroke in the future. Anyone experiencing signs of a stroke or detect warning signs of a stroke in someone else, should call 9-1-1 immediately.
Stroke is a medical emergency which also requires rapid evaluation, diagnostics, and treatment.
- Call 911 for rapid evaluation and transport to a stroke center immediately.
- Upon arrival to our hospital, you can expect our Stroke Care Team to:
- Review your medical history
- Perform a physical exam
- Order a computed tomography (CT) scan to differentiate between ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke as well as laboratory work
- Administer intravenous thrombolytic (a clot-busting) drug for a blockage of blood flow due to a blood clot in the brain.
For information about our stroke care or support services, contact (408) 885-2874.
For information on our Stroke Support Group, contact (408) 885-2397.