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When you have had a stroke, you should go straight to hospital by emergency ambulance.
At hospital, you will usually be admitted to a specialist stroke ward. However, in some cases you may go to the Accident & Emergency (A&E) department or another assessment ward first.
A brain scan is usually done straight away to determine if you have had a stroke, and if so whether it was due to a clot or a bleed. The scan will either be:
You may also have other tests including:
In the first 48 hours after a stroke, you will probably also have the following:
Your initial treatment will depend on whether you have an ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke. Initial treatment of an ischaemic stroke (blood clot) or haemorrhagic stroke (bleed) are different but recovery and rehabilitation will be similar.
If your stroke was caused by a bleed (haemorrhagic stroke) you may be considered for surgical treatment. See the CHSS factsheet Intracerebral haemorrhage (pdf) for more information about the initial treatment of a haemorrhagic stroke.
If your stroke was caused by a clot (ischaemic stroke) you may be offered the following: