Stroke is the third leading cause of death worldwide and is considered a major public health problem. According to World Health research institutes, stroke affects more than 150 million people worldwide, with approximately 800,000 new cases reported every year.

Thanks to urgent care centres in most hospitals with specialised services for stroke patients, early stroke recovery treatment in Singapore has become vital for those who wish to improve their odds of making a full recovery. Here are five steps that can aid in recovery.

1) Get evaluated quickly if you start having symptoms:

Within 24 hours of an obvious change in your physical or mental state or behaviour, seek immediate medical attention from your individual hospital’s emergency department (ED).

2) If a stroke is suspected:

Within 72 hours, you should have an appointment with your physician at the nearest emergency department. Stroke symptoms that could indicate this could include Loss of vision or inability to read or write; sudden loss of coordination and balance; nighttime vomiting or nausea; changes in perceiving touch or pain; and changes in speech that could include slurred speech and difficulty speaking, words being unclear, difficulty understanding simple directions and/or repeating sentences. If you are having trouble balancing while walking, you might also be experiencing some of these symptoms.

3) Do not try to take care of yourself:

If you do not have access to a hospital bed and are able to walk around, it’s important to protect your health by accessing the proper medical assistance. Continue with your primary care physician and seek out a rehabilitation specialist as soon as possible if it is discovered that you have suffered a stroke.

3) Apply emergency interventions:

Emergency department physicians and nurses may apply several types of therapy early on. These include clot-busting drugs that can dissolve clots that are blocking blood flow, treat symptoms and potentially prevent brain damage or death. Another is oxygen therapy to maintain normal blood flow to the brain. Stroke patients also may require ventricular drainage, which is a device that drains cerebrospinal fluid from the brain. It is inserted through the skull after a small opening is drilled in the skull to remove excess fluid from around the brain.

4) Establish diagnosis and treatment:

An evaluation by neurologists and stroke clinicians will help determine the best course of treatment based on individual needs and medical history. This will include an analysis of the type of stroke, severity, location in the brain, and other factors. Treatment may include prescribing medications that help prevent stroke, such as anticoagulants, which prevent blood clots from forming again.

5) Work with your medical team for discharge:

Within 24 to 72 hours of an emergency department visit, your doctor and neurologist will discuss when you can leave the hospital. An early discharge can be arranged if there is no evidence of brain injury, the stroke was caused by a clot that is easily dissolved by clot-busting drugs, or the treatments successfully improve symptoms.


Stroke is a very common and debilitating disease that can be prevented with prompt medical attention. It also can be successfully treated, but only through immediate treatment of symptoms and preventing further damage to the brain. Understanding the approach to treatment is essential in helping patients get through the recovery process and regain their mobility, speech, and cognitive state.



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