Treatment and medication

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Ischaemic stroke:

  • You may be given medication to clear your artery. This is called thrombolysis.  
  • You may have an operation to unblock the artery. This is called thrombectomy or endovascular clot retrieval (ECR).  

Haemorrhagic stroke:

  • Doctors and nurses may give you medication to slow down or stop the bleeding in your brain.  
  • You may need an operation to remove blood, relieve pressure or repair an artery in your brain.  
  • You may also need treatment for medical problems that caused your stroke.  


After a stroke, most people need to take medication for the rest of their life. Your doctor may prescribe:

  • Blood pressure lowering medication  
  • Cholesterol lowering medication
  • Blood thinning medication.  

Always talk with your doctor before you:  

  • Stop taking a medicine
  • Change how much you take.