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Stroke treatment: Hospital care - delete

  • Treatment begins in the hospital. This experience can be overwhelming. Members of your health care team are there to help you and your family.

    They will:

    • 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 factors
    • 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.

  • Source: Allina Health Patient EducationUnderstanding Stroke, fifth edition, neuro-ahc-90662
    Reviewed by: Allina Health Patient Education experts
    First published: 02/01/2006
    Last reviewed: 05/01/2018