A stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain breaks or becomes obstructed by a blood clot. Depending on the type of stroke, treatments work to either open the blockage or treat the rupture. Recent medical advances have greatly improved survival rates for stroke patients over the past several years. However, the chances of survival are always better when the stroke is diagnosed and treated early. This article discusses the ways to prevent and treat a stroke caused by Risperdal (risperidone).
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The good news is that most strokes are preventable. Prevention starts with controlling risk factors like blood pressure, smoking, atrial fibrillation and physical fitness. More than half of all strokes are caused by uncontrolled hypertension or high blood pressure, making it by far the most important risk factor to keep in mind.
A number of prescription drugs may be used to manage high blood pressure and/or atrial fibrillation among high-risk patients. These medications include:
- Anticoagulants/Antiplatelets – By hindering the blood’s ability to clot, anticoagulant drugs like warfarin can greatly help lower the stroke risk.
- Antihypertensives – Drugs used to treat high blood pressure.
When arteries are clogged with plaque or blocked, the following medical procedures may be ordered:
- Carotid Endarterectomy – Surgery in which blood vessel blockage (fatty plaque) is removed from the carotid artery.
- Angioplasty/Stent – In some patients, balloon angioplasty and/or implantable stents may be used to treat cardiovascular disease. These treatments are aimed at opening blocked blood vessels.
When Strokes Occur: Quick Treatment Can Save Lives
If you think you may be having a stroke, you should seek medical attention immediately. Prompt treatment may lessen the severity of a stroke and even save your life.
There are two different kinds of stroke: hemorrhagic and ischemic. Ischemic strokes occur when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain becomes obstructed. Ischemic strokes account for the vast majority of all stroke cases. A hemorrhagic stroke happens when a blood vessel breaks, causing blood to spill into the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes are usually caused by uncontrolled hypertension. Aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (weakened blood vessels) can also lead to a hemorrhagic stroke. Treatments differ depending on which type of stroke the patient is having.
Ischemic Stroke Treatment
tPA, the Gold Standard
The only course of treatment approved for ischemic stroke is tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). This is designed to dissolve the clot and increase blood flow to the part of the brain where it is being deprived. If administered quickly (within a few hours) of the stroke, tPA may increase the chances of a full recovery. Unfortunately, many stroke victims are unable to reach a hospital in time for tPA treatment, which is why it’s so important to diagnose a stroke immediately.
Endovascular procedures remove blood clots by sending a catheter to the site of the blocked vessel. These procedures may involve tPA being injected into the clot to dissolve the blockage. In other cases, a doctor may attempt to remove the clot. Studies are still being conducted to find the best courses of treatment for endovascular procedures.
Hemorrhagic Stroke Treatment
For strokes caused by a brain bleed (hemorrhagic stroke), surgery may be ordered to stop the bleeding. If the bleed is caused by a ruptured aneurysm, a clip may be inserted at the base of the aneurysm to secure it.
Do I Have a Risperdal Stroke Lawsuit?
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Free Risperdal Stroke Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a stroke after taking Risperdal, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Risperdal Stroke Suit and we can help.