What is the best treatment for a stroke?

The best treatment for a stroke depends on the type of stroke, and whether it has been caused by a blockage or by a burst blood vessel. Treatment has to be fast.

Blocked blood vessels may need a treatment called thrombolysis. Thrombolysis breaks down clots. This works best if clots are the main problem. Every stroke is different, so thrombolysis isn’t for everyone. If the stroke is caused by a burst blood vessel, it’s harder to treat and thrombolysis cannot be used. But sometimes an operation helps.

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