Stroke Care at Duke
Whether you are cared for at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, or Duke Raleigh Hospital, we have the resources and teams to provide comprehensive stroke care from diagnosis through treatment and to help you recover and rehabilitate.
Thrombolytics -- drugs that dissolve clots to restore blood flow to your brain -- are the first line of treatment when ischemic stroke occurs.
You may need surgery to repair blood vessels that were damaged by a stroke. This type of surgery can also unclog blocked blood vessels. Skilled neurosurgeons and radiologists work through a small incision. The doctor is guided by X-ray to repair any damage. Tiny tools are placed inside the blood vessel using long flexible tubing. This tubing is called a catheter
Skilled neurosurgeons and radiologists place a catheter in a blood vessel in the groin. The catheter travels to the clot holding a stent that looks like a tiny spring from an ink pen. The stent holds the clot until the catheter is taken out.
Given before and after stroke to prevent clotting and narrowing of the arteries.
Stroke Risk-Factor Management
Medically supervised exercise programs, nutrition and weight loss counseling, and high blood-pressure management are available to help you manage your risk factors for stroke. Our goal is to reduce your chances of having a stroke or heart attack and improve your overall health.