The most effective stroke treatments can only be given within the first few hours after a stroke has occurred. At Martha Jefferson Hospital, we offer intravenous tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) within 4.5 hours of the onset of symptoms for patients suffering from an ischemic stroke. tPA dissolves the clots that cause ischemic stroke.
A team of stroke experts is on hand at Martha Jefferson hospital 24/7, ready to respond immediately to patients who present with a recent stroke. A coordinated series of studies are performed to evaluate the patient and establish whether or not a stroke is actually happening and if so, what is the best course of treatment.
Of course, the best treatment for stroke is prevention.
The risk factors for stroke include: diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity, tobacco use, excessive use of alcohol, sedentary lifestyle, previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), a history or new onset of irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter) and a family history of stroke.
To help you avoid a stroke, we can help you address your risk factors for stroke, and offer ways to modify those risks. Martha Jefferson offers dietary counseling, diabetic counseling, tobacco cessation counseling, as well as medications that are available to treat those risk factors not responsive to lifestyle changes.