Yes. Early medical intervention can possibly stop or reverse the effects of a stroke.
There two ways this is possible – either a patient receives tPA (a clot busting medication, given through an IV) or the patient receives an interventional procedure by an interventional neuro radiologist (INR). The INR is a physician who attempts to correct the problem that is causing the stroke (clot, brain aneurysm, etc) by passing a catheter up into the vessels of the brain with access through the patients groin. Both of the above treatments are time sensitive and have specific criteria that need to be met in order for them to be possible options for a patient. Please remember that at the first sign or symptom of a stroke call 911.
Answer submitted by Jennifer Fasano, Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse, & Stroke Coordinator at Provena Mercy Medical Center.