How do you get an ischemic stroke? You get them when a fatty substance called plaque collects in your arteries and narrows them. This is called atherosclerosis, and it slows the flow of blood. As it pools, blood can clump and form clots -- and your artery gets blocked. American Association of Neurologic Surgeons: "Stroke."What are the treatment options for ischemic stroke?
Aspirin is the only antiplatelet agent that has been established as effective for the early treatment of acute ischemic stroke. Thus, doctors may use early aspirin therapy (within 48 hours of the start of stroke symptoms) for patients with ischemic stroke who are not receiving anticoagulants.