Millions of Americans take medicines for many different health conditions. Many do not understand the seriousness of the health conditions being treated or the importance of the medicines that have been prescribed. This lack of understanding about health conditions is called medical illiteracy and is a significant contributor to noncompliance – or people failing to take their medicines and incorporate diet and lifestyle changes as prescribed by their healthcare providers. Chronic health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and increased LDL cholesterol are significant contributors to worse events such as heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure if not appropriately managed.

Taking charge of your health and wellness is probably the biggest investment that you can make in your lifetime.

How to Treat Ischemic Stroke?

  1. Early treatment

    Once an ischemic stroke is suspected or identified aspirin is typically administered. Healthcare providers must determine if the person is eligible to receive strong intravenous (given through the veins) “clot-busting” drugs to return blood flow to the brain through the blocked artery and limit the damage caused by this medical condition.

    Some medical facilities have advanced techniques available that allow a specialist to inject clot-busters directly into the affected artery or to suction the clot out if it is too late for the administration of intravenous clot busters. Admission to a specialized stroke unit is required when available to provide continued monitoring during the recovery period by specially trained staff. Surgery or stenting of the carotid arteries or special heart procedures are required in some cases.

  2. Late treatment
    Long-term therapy with antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix) is important to lower the chance of stroke recurrence. Blood thinners are required if there is evidence of excessive clotting of the blood. Control of modifiable risk factors such as tobacco use, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol is central in the long-term treatment and prevention of ischemic cerebrovascular accident. Physical and Occupational therapy are also required in many cases to maximize stroke recovery. It is important that you follow up with your health care provider regularly to monitor your condition and adjust medications as appropriate.

Taking charge of your health and wellness is probably the biggest investment that you can make in your lifetime. Similar to a monetary investment you can expect to get more out than you put in because improved quality and quantity of life are a priceless reward. The sooner you begin your health and wellness investment the sooner you can expect these changes to become a part of your ordinary daily routine and the sooner you can expect to reap the rewards. Remember that Rome was not built in a day and it will take a continuous commitment to your new lifestyle to reap the rewards.