Emergency and acute care


I have been taken to the hospital because I have had a stroke.

What will happen?

  • I will be cared for by a ‘stroke team’. They will assess my medical needs and decide if I will be admitted to the hospital.
  • I will be assessed for the type of stroke I had and if a clot-busting drug will help me.
  • I will learn about the type of stroke I had, why I had it and what will happen next.

What tests are involved?

These may include: Computed Tomography (CT) scan, Computed Tomography Angiogram (CTA), Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA), Carotid Doppler, Cerebral Angiography,
Echocardiogram (Echo), Electrocardiogram (ECG), Holter monitor, blood work, swallowing.

What to expect if I am admitted?

  • 24 hour nursing care.
  • I may have a restriction or change in foods or liquids I am allowed to have.
  • I may get Intravenous (IV) therapy and/or a nasogastric (NG) tube.
  • I may be started on new medications to reduce my risk of another stroke.
  • I may expect to stay here about 5–7 days but my stay could be shorter or longer depending on my overall care needs.

Who will I see?

  • Nurses, doctors, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, registered dietitian, social worker, pharmacist, etc.

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