What are the treatment options for ischemic stroke?

An ischemic stroke is a serious life-threatening condition that requires emergency medical attention. The sooner a person gets treatment, the less damage to the brain will occur. People with ischemic strokes are often given aspirin or anticoagulants to help increase blood flow in the brain. Another drug, tissue plasminogen activator (TPA), is also quite effective. TPA helps to dissolve blood clots to improve blood flow. In some cases, doctors may perform surgery to help remove blockages from an artery, too.

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