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Available Therapies

Physicians have a wide range of therapies to choose from when determining a stroke patient's best therapeutic plan. Therapies for stroke include medications, surgery or rehabilitation. The type of stroke therapy a patient should receive depends upon the stage of disease. Generally, there are three treatment stages for stroke:

  1. Prevention
    Therapies to prevent a first or recurrent stroke are based on treating an individual's underlying risk factors for stroke. Preventive measures are numerous for all of the risk factors associated with stroke.
  2. Therapy immediately after stroke
    Acute stroke therapies try to stop a stroke while it is happening by quickly dissolving a blood clot causing the stroke or by stopping the bleeding of a hemorrhagic stroke.
  3. Post-stroke rehabilitation
    The purpose of post-stroke rehabilitation is to overcome disabilities that result from stroke damage.
 
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