Stroke treatment: Hospital care
Treatment begins in the hospital. This experience can be overwhelming. Members of your health care team are there to help you and your family.
- make sure your condition is caused by a stroke and not another medical problem
- decide the type and location of the stroke and how serious it is. You may have tests of your heart and blood vessels.
- start treatment right away to keep the stroke from getting worse and to improve your chance of recovery
- monitor your heart. Some strokes may be linked to irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation). If this caused your stroke, it will be treated.
- monitor your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high or too low, it will be treated.
- prevent or treat side affects of the stroke, such as bowel or bladder problems or bed sores
- keep you from having another stroke, with treatments such as surgery, medicines or reducing your risk factor
- start a neurological rehabilitation program if needed
- watch for swallowing problems. You may need swallowing tests or get your nutrition in different ways, such as through a tube. Any swallowing problems will be treated.
Most people who have had a stroke will need to stay in the hospital for a period of time.
Ask the health care team your questions and talk about your concerns. Make sure your health care team talks with you in plain language.