Treating a stroke often means treating the heart or the body's main arteries,and 80 percent of all strokes in the U.S. are caused by blood clots.
Anti-clotting drugs can cause bleeding around the brain,but their benefits outweigh the risks when they are administered properly,according to the American Stroke Association.
In some cases,cerebral angioplasty works. This treatment uses balloons,stents and coils to treat problems resulting from the brain's blood vessels,according to the association.
Other types of surgeries to remove plaque buildup,hospital stays and physical rehabilitation are all good treatments,according to the association.