Thrombotic Stroke Care Provided at TGH
A thrombotic stroke happens when a blood clot develops in one of the blood vessels that supply the brain with blood, in turn obstructing the flow of blood to the brain. These events are almost always caused by the presence of plaque buildup along the large arteries feeding the brain blood – a condition known as atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. When a fatty deposit (known as a thrombus) restricts the blood flow enough, it can deprive the brain of oxygen and nutrients, causing a stroke. A thrombotic stroke can produce sudden symptoms or warning signs that develop gradually over several hours. Either way, they resemble the symptoms associated with all types of stroke, with signs like:
- Facial drooping
- Slurred speech
- Weakness, numbness, or even paralysis on one side of the body
- Double or blurred vision
- Sudden difficulty walking or maintaining balance
- Problems understanding speech
- Sudden confusion
When any of these thrombotic stroke symptoms occurs, 9-1-1 should be called right away. It isn’t advisable to take a wait-and-see approach with these warning signs because the longer the brain is without a sufficient blood supply, the greater the damage to the tissue. That can mean more long-term loss of brain function. Tampa General Hospital is the nearest comprehensive stroke center for many in the Tampa Bay area, and we offer specialized services 24 hours a day, seven days a week for stroke patients. Our staff of experienced stroke physicians, neurosurgeons, nurse practitioners, and other stroke specialists utilize state-of-the-art equipment to accurately diagnose and treat thrombotic stroke events.
As a comprehensive care center, we also provide rehabilitation services, even developing plans for physical, occupational, and speech therapy that can be critical in assisting recovery after a stroke.