A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment to prevent loss of brain function.
The neurology team at Dignity Health North State offer coordinated stroke care at our Northern California hospitals. Call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room if you or someone you know is experiencing a stroke.
To learn more about our personalized stroke prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation in Northern California, Find a Doctor today.
Treating Stroke at Dignity Health North State
Prompt treatment for stroke is essential in order to avoid debilitation. Your treatment may include surgery, medications, lifestyle changes, and rehabilitation. Because stroke is a life-threatening emergency, you may not have many options regarding treatment.
Portions of your treatment plan will depend on whether a stroke is caused by a blood clot or bleeding in the brain. Treatment for ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blood clot, includes a minimally invasive procedure to remove the clot, an anticoagulant medication to dissolve the clot, or a combination of the two. Treatment for hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by bleeding in the brain, includes either open or minimally invasive surgery to stop the bleeding.
Treatments that are used for all types of stroke include:
- Medications to treat underlying conditions that may contribute to stroke, such as high blood pressure
- Lifestyle changes, including a exercise plan and heart-healthy diet
- Rehabilitation after the event
If you or your loved one has specific beliefs or wishes regarding medical intervention, tell your doctor, so they can plan your treatment accordingly.
You can reduce your risk of stroke by adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle and protecting your brain.
Start with these strategies:
- Promptly treat any underlying medical condition, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
- Eat a heart-healthy diet to keep your cholesterol levels in check.
- Wear protective equipment, including your bike helmet and seat belt, to reduce your risk of traumatic head injury, which increases the risk of stroke.
- Engage in 30 minutes physical exercise every day.
- Control your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.
- Quit smoking. If you need help, try our Quit for Good program.
When you take care of your heart, you also help ensure your blood vessels stay healthy. Healthy blood vessels are open and flexible, which helps reduce the risk of stroke.
You can trust our neurological team at Dignity Health North State to provide a personalized and effective treatment plan.
Talk to your doctor at Dignity Health North State hospitals about stroke treatment in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.