FAQs about Stroke and Stroke Care

What is a “Mini Stroke” or TIA?

TIA is also known as a “mini stroke”. It is when the warning signs of a stroke last a short amount of time. Even though these warning signs may come and go, it is very serious and you should call your doctor right away.

 

Can I drive after a stroke?
Before driving your car again, you should talk to your doctor to be sure it is safe.   
 
Is it normal to feel tired after a stroke?
Yes, it is common to feel tired after a stroke. Some people are more tired than others. This can be due to the changes in each person’s lifestyle.
 
How long will I have to stay at the hospital after a stroke?
Each person is different and your doctor will discuss with you how long you should stay in the hospital.  

 

How do I prevent having another stroke?
The best way to reduce the risk of another stroke is to live a healthy lifestyle. You can do this by eating right, not smoking, reduce drinking alcohol and following your doctor’s advice. When you decrease your risk factors, you decrease the chance of having another stroke. For example, if you smoke you should quit.
 
What should I know about my medications?
Anticoagulants
Anticoagulants are “blood thinners” that help stop blood from clotting. When blood clots occur they can become stuck in an artery of the brain and cause a stroke. An example of an anticoagulant is warfarin, also known as Coumadin®.

 

Antiplatelets
Are medicines that also stop clotting. They prevent platelets from sticking together and forming clots. The goal is to keep the blood flowing and decrease the risk of stroke and heart attack. Some examples are: aspirin, Clopidogrel (Plavix®) and aspirin combined with extended release dipyridamole (Aggrenox®).