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How is a stroke treated?

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When experiencing symptoms of a stroke, time is of the essence for seeking and receiving treatment.

A treatment known as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) works to break down blood clots, and has been proven to significantly improve stroke survivor outcomes; however, it can only be administered within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms.

Serving as a primary stroke center, Cone Health Stroke Center implements a variety of research protocol treatment options in addition to tPA. For example, thrombectomy is utilized to treat patients who are not candidates or are received outside the window for tPA administration.

Thrombectomy utilizes catheterization techniques to remove the clot from the area of blockage. At the Stroke Center, doctors also administer other methods, such as ultrasounds and certain medications, to regulate patients’ blood flow and pressure. Stroke treatment does not just involve the immediate therapy administered when patients are admitted to the hospital.

Stroke patients often need further medical attention, such as follow-up appointments with their stoke specialist, outpatient rehabilitation and in-home nursing care.

The Cone Health Stroke Center has an exceptional team of neurohospitalists (providing services at the Center 24/7), a dedicated stroke specialist, specialized nurse practitioners and other related healthcare providers dedicated to offering the state-of-the-art treatment for stroke patients throughout the community and making sure they get the follow-up care they need to achieve the best possible outcome and restored quality of life.

Spokesperson Background:
Dr. Leslie Reynolds is a neurohospitalist and the medical director of Cone Health’s Neurohospitalists Program.

Dr. Reynolds received her Doctor of Medicine from Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship at SUNY-Stony Brook University Medical Center.