Stroke Treatment

Thanks to medical treatment advances, more people are surviving strokes and enjoying a quality life afterwards.

Stroke has even gone from the fourth to fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Treatment for stroke depends on the type of stroke.

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The type of treatment depends on the type of stroke.

Ischemic Stroke

is when a clot blocks a vessel supplying blood to the brain. It’s the most common type, accounting for 87 percent of all strokes. The treatment goal is to bust or remove the clot.

Hemorrhagic Stroke

is caused by a rupture in a blood vessel within the brain. Fewer strokes happen as the result of a rupture. The treatment goal is to stop the bleeding.

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Recovery and Risk Reduction to Prevent a Second Stroke

Steps taken after your stroke are important in helping you achieve the best possible recovery and independence. The good news is that 80% of strokes in adults are preventable; however, after having a stroke, risks are much higher for having another one. Preventing a second stroke can be the most important treatment of all.

More Resources

Updated Guidelines for Treating Acute Ischemic Strokes

The guidelines have changed. New guidelines could make more stroke patients eligible for treatment. Learn about the update and use our Acute Ischemic Stroke Toolkit to put them to work.

Acute Ischemic Stroke Patient Resources

These downloadable resources are designed to help educate both patients and caregivers about acute ischemic stroke.

Recent Stroke? You Don't Have to Do It Alone.

Many people do recover from stroke. Learn from those who met their recovery goals and find post-stroke resources.