Ischemic strokes are a medical emergency and should be treated immediately after symptoms are first identified. The risks of a stroke, also called a brain attack, can leave you with long-lasting damage and may even result in death. What treatment can you count on when time is extremely valuable? Tissue Plasminogen Activator, or tPA, can be the treatment necessary to save your life.

What Is An Ischemic Stroke?

There are two types of strokes that could affect you; ischemic strokes which make up 87% of total stroke cases, and the less common hemorrhagic stroke. Ischemic strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the passage of blood to the brain. This clot can be formed in any part of the body and can break off to become a wandering clot. Once it’s moving, the clot can travel all the way to the brain to cause an ischemic stroke. If proper treatment is not found immediately, you could suffer from complications such as cognitive loss, severe functional disability or death.

What Is tPA?

The Tissue Plasminogen Activator is a protein that has the ability to break down clots. Its efficiency in clot breakdown within the body’s clotting system has prompted doctors to use it to treat ischemic strokes. Neurosurgeons generally use tPA to break down these clots.

Is tPA For You?

Strokes are a medical emergency and your identification of the symptoms are the most important thing to do in order to receive proper and efficient care. The tPA treatment is usually the first procedure administered to stroke victims shortly after their admittance into a medical facility. It is often administered intravenously, better known as an IV. The symptoms of ischemic strokes include:

  • Abrupt numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg
  • Confusion
  • Trouble speaking properly or understanding others’ speech
  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Abrupt dizziness or headaches
  • Loss of balance and trouble walking or moving

If you identify the symptoms of a stroke after the tPA efficiency period, do not worry. There are other treatment options available to help you fight the pain and effects of an ischemic stroke. These include:

  • Intra-Arterial Thrombectomy
  • Balloon Angioplasty and Stent
  • Thrombolytic Therapy

What Are The Risks?

As with any procedure used to treat a condition as serious as a stroke, the risks could potentially be high. Side effects to tPA and other drugs can vary depending on the patient but once admitted into a hospital, you and your loved ones will be given a thorough explanation of the treatment option chosen.

We Are Here to Help

Our neurosurgeons are committed to helping you fight a stroke. The treatment options we employ are designed with your health and well-being in mind. Know that exceptional neurosurgery techniques for your brain condition are available in New Jersey.