Why is Time So Important?

If you are having a stroke, it is critical to get medical attention as quickly as possible.  The physician must first determine if the stroke is Ischemic, caused by a clot blocking the artery (which occurs in approximately 85% of all strokes) or a Hemorrhagic stroke that involves bleeding into the brain. 
The treatment for an Ischemic Stroke is to quickly restore blood flow to the brain.  Some people can benefit from a medication called Alteplase with restores blood flow by dissolving the blood clot that is causing the stroke.  This drug must be given within 4.5 hours after the stroke symptoms first begin.  Your physician will consider certain risks to determine if Alteplase is appropriate for your condition.
Stroke treatments must begin as soon as possible to achieve the best possible outcome.  Time is Brain!  Our medical team at Northern Hospital of Surry County stands ready to rapidly provide you with the highest quality of care to ensure the best possible outcome for you or your loved one in the event of Stroke.
 

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