First, the decision is made whether the person is a candidate for clot-busting medicine via serial physical exams, brain ct scans, etc.
, usually in the er. Once in the icu, vital signs, especially bp, are stabilized. Depending on the size of the stroke
, the patient may need ventilator support, at least temporarily. Etiology is sought and treated, if found, to prevent recurrence. Rehab is begun.