Monday, August 13, 2018

Preventive treatments for ischemic stroke | Stroke 2018

After emergency procedures, your doctor will evaluate the health of your arteries and determine what needs to be done to prevent another ischemic stroke.

Lifestyle changes

Post-stroke preventive measures mainly focus on improving cardiovascular health. This might mean lowering your blood pressure and managing your blood sugar and cholesterol, or lipid, levels.
It’ll likely include a combination of exercisea healthier diet, and medications. If you smoke, quitting smoking is an important lifestyle change for stroke prevention.

Carotid endarterectomy

This procedure is often performed on people who’ve had an ischemic stroke due to a blocked carotid artery. The carotid arteries are the major blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain. For this procedure, your surgeon will remove plaques and blockages from these arteries in order to improve blood flow and decrease the risk of future stroke.
This surgery carries the risks associated with any surgery. There’s also the risk that it may trigger another stroke if plaques or blood clots are released during the surgery. Protective measures are used to help reduce these risks.
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