Treatments for Cerebrovascular accident
Treatments for Cerebrovascular accident:
The most effective cerebrovascular accident treatment plan uses a multifaceted approach. This includes preventive care aimed at minimizing the risk factors for having a cerebrovascular accident or a recurrent cerebrovascular accident. Preventive measures include regular medical care to monitor and address such risk factors as high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, diabetes, hypertension and excessive alcohol consumption.
Cerebrovascular accidents are often diagnosed and treated in the emergency room setting. Treatment includes the administration of supplemental oxygen. Supplemental oxygen increases the amount of oxygen that is delivered to the brain tissue and can help minimize permanent brain damage.
Treatment also involves intensive monitoring and stabilization of vital signs, which may require CPR, advanced life support measures and/or intravenous medications. Breathing may need to be supported by mechanical ventilation. Cardiac rhythm is also monitored and treated as needed.
If a cerebrovascular accident is diagnosed within a few hours and is caused by a clot (ischemic cerebrovascular accident), medications may be used to dissolve the clot. These medications are called thrombolytic drugs and are given intravenously to dissolve the clot that is obstructing blood flow to the brain. Drugs that stop the formation of new clots (anticoagulants), such as aspirin or heparin, may also be used.
Thrombolytic and anticoagulant drugs are not used for a hemorrhagic cerebrovascular accident because they will cause further bleeding into the brain.
For some people a surgical procedure called a carotid endarterectomy may be an option to prevent a cerebrovascular accident or a recurrent cerebrovascular accident. This surgery removes the build- up plaque in the arteries and improves blood flow to the brain. Certain hemorrhagic cerebrovascular accidents caused by a brain aneurysm may also be treated with surgery to relieve pressure in the brain and treat the brain aneurysm.
Cerebrovascular accident treatment also generally requires long-term rehabilitation, including physical therapy, to help a person overcome the long-term effects and disability of a cerebrovascular accident.
Treatment List for Cerebrovascular accident
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