Sunday, October 21, 2012

Strokes In Depth

Definition of a stroke is: the sudden death of brain cells in a localized area due to inadequate blood flow.  A stroke occurs when blood flow is interrupted to part of the brain.  Causes for a stroke include:

  • Cerebral thrombosis and cerebral embolism, which is a blood clot, or multiple blood clots.
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
  • Intracerebral Hemorrhage.

Signs and Symptoms of a stroke include: 

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the arms, legs, or face.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Risk Factors for stroke involve: age, sex, heredity, predisposing diseases or other medical conditions, use of certain medications, and lifestyle choices. Emergency treatment is needed for a stroke so because of it's severity.  Rehabilitation is usually in store for anyone who has a stroke.  Stay Informed!

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