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What do healthcare professionals do when a person has a stroke?

When a stroke patient arrives at the hospital, he or she will be seen immediately by a nurse or doctor who will initiate a stroke alert. Often, the patient will get a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan of the brain to look for bleeding. If there's no bleeding in the brain, the patient will be assessed by a neurologist (either in person or via electronic means) to see if he or she is a candidate for clot-busting medication. The patient will also be assessed for clot removal (mechanical thrombectomy).

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