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Stroke Symptoms

During a stroke every second counts. B.E. F.A.S.T.! Call 911 if you see and of the stroke symptoms below:

What to do

Clinical Definition of Stroke

A stroke, also called a brain attack, happens when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted. Without oxygen, nerve cells in the affected area of the brain can't work and die within minutes. When nerve cells can't work, the part of the body they control can't work either. Stroke is our nation's third leading cause of death and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability.

Causes: The most common cause of stroke is blockage in one or both of the carotid arteries, which are the main arteries leading to the brain. Blockage can occur from buildup of fatty plaque in the artery walls (atherosclerosis) or from a blood clot. A less common cause of stroke is a rupture (break) in a blood vessel leading to the brain.

Stroke in Depth

Learn more about from Intermountain's Patient Education Library:

Treatments that Lower Stroke Risk 

Stroke treatment depends on the type of stroke that has occurred and your underlying heart condition(s). Your doctors will discuss your treatment options with you. Possible treatments for stroke include:

  • Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

    Ablation is a technique typically used to treat abnormal heart rates and rhythms (arrhythmias). It involves ablating (destroying) a very small, targeted area of the heart muscle.

  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure

    Some patients with a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart (ASD, PFO) have clinical symptoms that warrant closure of the hole. This can be accomplished either by open heart surgery or by a cardiac cath lab procedure.

  • Carotid Endarterectomy

    Carotid endarterectomy is a surgery that removes material blocking a carotid artery.

  • Medications

    Blood thinners, also called anticoagulants and platelet inhibitors, cause your blood to take longer to clot, which can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks that can occur when blood clots get stuck in small blood vessels.

Services and Programs

Services and programs at Intermountain Heart Institute for stroke patients:

  • Cardiology: Diagnosis and Consultation

    Our Cardiology program focuses on the diagnosis, medical management and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Patients who have never seen a cardiologist often start here to have their symptoms diagnosed.

  • Heart Rhythm Program

    Our Heart Rhythm Program focuses on heart arrhythmia treatments including electrophysiology studies, ablation, and pacemaker and ICD implantation.

  • Vascular Disease Program

    Our Vascular Disease Program focuses on the care of patients with vascular disease, which includes aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery disease, and deep vein thrombosis.

Clinical Trials

The Heart Institute currently has one or more clinical trials that is investigating stroke prevention for patients with atrial fibrillation. Learn more about our clinical trials for stroke.

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