The 4 phases of stroke care


Stroke care isn't a one-time event. It's comprehensive from prevention to recovery.

Phase 1: Reduce risk 80% of strokes are preventable.

Take action now:

  • Eat healthy and exercise.
  • Don't smoke or do drugs.
  • Keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check.

Phase 2: Act F.A.S.T. Watch out for:

  • Face drooping.
  • Arm not responding.
  • Speech slurred or impaired.
  • Time. Call 911 right away.
  • People who get to the ER within 3 hours after first symptoms have less disability 3 months later.

Phase 3: Get treatment Acute stroke requires immediate treatment:

  • Clot-busting drugs
  • Clot removal with a tool inserted into blood vessels
  • Emergency surgery to remove blood from brain
  • Prevent future stokes.

Medications Lifestyle changes Angioplasty or stenting to open blocked vessels Phase 4: Recover Regain quality of life after stroke.

  • Physical, occupational, speech therapy
  • Emotional support from therapists, groups
  • Advanced stroke care requires:

The 4 phases of stroke care
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