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Intra-arterial and intravenous thrombolysis involves administration of a medicine to break up blood clots. With intravenous thrombolysis, medication is given through a vein in the arm or neck. Intra-arterial thrombolysis involves injecting the medication into the blocked artery in the brain via a catheter or tube. Patients treated immediately after the onset of symptoms from a stroke can avoid permanent damage to the brain.
After medical treatment, stroke patients may be sent to J.L. Bedsole/Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital, located at Mobile Infirmary, to receive therapy for problems with swallowing, speech and the ability to understand speech, vision, thought patterns, memory and behavior.