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Ischemic Stroke Treatments

For any kind of stroke, prompt treatment is critical. If you get to Northwestern Medicine within three or four hours of stroke symptom onset, we may inject you with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) that breaks up blood clots in the brain’s arteries.

If tPA isn't right for you, an antiplatelet medication may be used instead. It stops platelets from clumping together, reducing risk of dangerous blood clots. Aspirin may be given within 48 hours of stroke for this reason.

Patients may also receive anticoagulants (blood thinners) to minimize blood clots and prevent new clots from forming.


For blockage in the carotid artery, we may provide either of these procedures: