In this video, cardiologists Dr. Anne Curtis and Dr. Hiroko Beck explain how a stroke is treated and managed. To treat a stroke caused by a blood clot or blockage, doctors must urgently restore blood flow to the brain by opening up the blockage or getting rid of the clot. Sometimes a stent will be used to open up a blockage and restore blood flow. If there is a blockage in the carotid artery then surgery will be performed to open the blockage. In addition, antiplatelet medications (such as Aspirin or Aspirin-like drugs) are used to prevent future strokes. A stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone with you experiences any stroke symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Cardiologists Dr. Anne Curtis and Dr. Hiroko Beck explain how non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is treated and managed. There are three key components for the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation: blood clot prevention, heart rate control, and heart rhythm control. To prevent blood clots from forming, doctors will prescribe blood-thinning medicines called anticoagulants. To slow the heart rate down, doctors will prescribe medications that help bring the heart rate to a normal level. To reset and maintain normal heart rhythm, doctors will prescribe medicines or advanced options like catheter ablation to control the heart's rhythm.