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What happens if I have a stroke?


Anyone who has stroke symptoms needs to go to hospital immediately. The sooner treatment is started, the less damage is done to your brain. This means there's less chance of a long-term disability.

When you go into hospital with a stroke, you may initially be seen in the Emergency Department and then be admitted under the Medical team. Every case is different and, in hospital, your assessment and treatment may include a CT scan of your brain, medication, supportive management and monitoring, and occasionally surgery.

After you are discharged from hospital, you will probably need rehabilitation. You may need medication to help prevent future strokes. You may also need to make some lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk of having another stroke. Read more about this on the next page.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Adapted by the South Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed April 2018.

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