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Emergency Department care: Stroke care begins in the hospital. Most patients who have had a stroke will need to stay in the hospital for a period of time.

Medicines: Not all stroke medicines are right for all stroke survivors. Your doctor will decide which medicines are right for you.

Medicine do and don't: Having to take regular medicines may be new for you. You may need to get into new habits or schedules for taking your pills at the same time each day.

Tests: Many tests are used to find the cause(s) of the stroke, measure how bad the stroke is, and make decisions about how to treat it.

Procedures: To prevent another stroke, you may have angioplasty, intra-arterial clot lysis or embolization (treatment of aneurysm).

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