Information About Strokes

Answers to Common Questions About Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment

Shepherd Center knows that you and your loved ones have many unanswered questions about strokes. Here are some answers to help you learn more.

What is a stroke?

A stroke, commonly known as a “brain attack,” occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures).

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What are the symptoms of a stroke?

During a stroke, a person’s speech, movement, and memory are diminished without adequate blood supply to the brain. Take quick action and perhaps save a life by knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke.

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How is a stroke diagnosed?

Your doctor and emergency team must determine your type of stroke before a proper treatment can be provided. Methods may include a physical exam, blood testing, a CT scan, an MRI, and reviewing your medical history.

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What are the treatment options for a stroke?

There are several treatment options for stroke, depending on the cause of your stroke. Emergency treatment for strokes depends on whether you're having an ischemic stroke blocking an artery — the most common kind — or a hemorrhagic stroke that involves bleeding into the brain.

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