Acting Fast to Save the Brain
A stroke is an attack on the brain, and it requires the same immediate response as a heart attack. The Primary Stroke Center at Theda Clark Medical Center has partnerships with first responders and rural hospitals, and a 24-hour acute care team ready to help you receive the best care as quickly as possible.
What to Expect from "Code Stroke" Care
When we say the words "Code Stroke" at ThedaCare, it puts your care team into immediate action. They know that every minute can save brain cells. Some treatments are only effective within the first four hours after a stroke occurs.
Because time is everything, your emergency care team will perform a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan right away. The CAT scan will show what kind of stroke you are having. Neurologists, radiologists, and other stroke specialists will then determine what kind of initial treatment is most likely to help:
Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)—If given shortly after a stroke occurs, this powerful enzyme can dissolve blood clots and eliminate blockage.
Antithrombotic or anticoagulant medication—Certain drugs may be used to thin the blood and fight blood clots.
Clot removal—A tool called the Merci Retrieval Device is used to remove a clot from a large artery in the brain.
Aneurysm coiling (embolization)—Tiny platinum coils are placed into the aneurysm, blocking blood flow into it and preventing it from rupturing.
Aneurysm clipping—In this surgery, a tiny clip is inserted via a catheter through the groin, and then placed at the base of an aneurysm in the brain, preventing blood flow into the aneurysm.
Again, many of these treatments are only effective within the first few hours. Once that window of time has passed, specialists will focus on controlling your blood pressure and helping you and your family understand what kind of damage your brain has experienced.
What Happens After Emergency Care?
Sometimes you’ll see immediate results from emergency care, but you may need further tests, treatment, or rehabilitation. The Primary Stroke Center offers continuous care for all of your recovery needs.
Learn more about tests and treatment
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