The Internet Stroke Center from the Washington University in St. Louis states that strokes are the “third leading cause of death in the United States” and the “leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.”
Rapid treatment is needed to prevent serious brain damage or death, as strokes result in inadequate oxygen supply to brain cells. The right treatment is even more imperative for women, as about 55,000 more have a stroke each year than men, according to the Internet Stroke Center.
The Mayo Clinic states that treatment is based on the type of stroke. For example, an ischemic stroke is treated with aspirin or tissue plasminogen activator, or carotid endarterectomy or angioplasty. If a patient has a hemorrhagic stroke, treatment options include aneurysm clipping, coiling and surgical AVM removal. After the initial treatment, the patient undergoes different types of rehabilitation to restore loss brain functions. However, the patient may not regain all of her lost functions.