How is cerebral ischemia treated?


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Cerebral ischemia is generally treated with medications for ischemic stroke such as Alteplase, according to Columbia University Medical Center. This treatment must be accompanied by blood pressure maintenance to restore blood flow to the brain and anti-convulsive medications to avoid seizures.

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How is cerebral ischemia treated?
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Cerebral ischemia is a condition where there is insufficient blood flow to the brain, says Columbia University Medical Center. Blood flow to the brain is considered insufficient when the brain does not receive enough oxygen to function properly. This can lead to the death of brain tissue, accompanied by numerous symptoms. Cerebral ischemia can be either localized to one region of the brain or it can affect the brain as a whole. Cerebral ischemia in just one region of the brain is caused by a blood clot or embolism in one of the brain's blood vessels, while cerebral ischemia affecting the whole brain is most commonly caused by cardiac arrest.

Cerebral ischemia produces symptoms including impairment of vision, body movement and speaking, as well as weakness or unconsciousness, according to Columbia University Medical Center. The symptoms of cerebral ischemia often affect just one side of the body. These symptoms may be temporary, lasting only a few minutes or hours, or they can be permanent if the ischemia lasts long enough to cause brain tissue death.

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