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Stroke Warning Signs You Should Act On Immediately

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in stroke, Tips | 0 comments

Each year, almost 800,000 Americans suffer stroke. With this medical emergency, proper response can improve the chances of survival significantly and this is why all of should know the warning signs. The stroke warning signs show that the person suffering from a stroke is not getting an ample supply of blood to the brain and damages may become permanent if not acted on immediately. There are many that recover but recovery is only possible with immediate medical assistance and proper therapy afterwards. The Warning Signs Numbness – this is usually the very first sign that appears. There is numbness or weakness on one side of the body, which can only be on the arm, the face or the leg if not the whole side. Confusion – someone suffering a stroke may feel sudden confusion or have a hard time comprehending other people. Trouble with the senses – there may be trouble speaking, seeing or balancing for people who are suffering from stroke. Dizziness and or severe headache – headache may come from unknown reason and the dizziness may not be explained. Stroke warning signs may come altogether or develop gradually. What is important is to be aware of these signs so that as soon as you are suffering from any or you know someone who is, you can immediately seek help. Stroke Types There are different types of stroke according to where the damage happens in the brain and its severity. Hemorrhagic stroke – is the type of stroke one suffers when there is a rupture in a weak blood vessel in the brain and bleeding occurs. Ischemic stroke – happens when there is blockage in the vessel that supplies blood to the brain. A blood clot may travel from the heart to the brain and cause an ischemic stroke. Transient ischemic attack – happens when there is temporary blockage. This is more commonly known as a mini stroke. Although a TIA does not cause permanent brain damage, the warning signs are still present and that you should still pay attention and seek assistance when you notice them.   What To Do A stroke is called a brain attack for a reason. The symptoms are cause to seek medical help to avoid permanent brain damage. If you notice yourself having the symptoms are know of someone who does, you can do the following: Check the time of when the signs begin to appear. The hospital staff will ask you about this when you arrive. Act immediately and don’t ignore the signs. Don’t wait because every minute counts and every minute you wait may cause permanent damage that could have been avoided if you acted immediately. Call 911 immediately. Call for an ambulance to get you to the hospital or someone suffering the stroke. Some people dismiss the warning signs of stroke thinking that there is nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, this could put the patient in great danger and even physical therapy afterwards will not help in the recovery anymore. It is better to confirm that it is not a stroke when already in the hospital than keep guessing whether or not it is one.  ...

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Brain Attack: The Dangers of Stroke

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in brain, stroke, Tips | 0 comments

Brain Attack: The Dangers of Stroke

Due to a rapid loss of air supply in the brain, a stroke happens, which affects brain functions drastically. There are several effects of stroke that include inability to see on one eye, inability to move limbs and inability to speak coherently. These functions are lost because of the lack of oxygen in the brain that causes the loss of nutrients, which then results to brain damage. Because it can cause permanent neurological damage or even death, a stroke, as a medical emergency, needs immediate attention. In Maryland, the prevalence of stroke is higher for those aged over 65 for at least two times higher than those aged 55 to 64. Unfortunately, a stroke can actually happen to anyone at any age. A study showed that stroke is the third leading cause of death in MD. With this alarming truth, Maryland residents have to understand this disease and find ways to prevent it. Types of Stroke There are 2 main types of stroke. One is the ischemic stroke, which is a stroke that results from a blockage like a clot in the blood vessel. The other is called hemorrhagic stroke that occurs a vessel bursts or when there is bleeding between the area of the brain and the skull. The good news is that a good percentage of people who suffer from stroke make great recovery within a month. However, it is important to realize that stroke victims may have long-term problems such as slurred speech or inability to move one part of the body. It could take months or even years to recover, if they ever will. A stroke may have different effects on different people because the damage depends on what part of the brain is affected. Someone who has suffered a stroke may lose some bodily functions and learning abilities. A stroke could also result in being unable to process thoughts and communicate. For some, therapy is a great deal of help to get some functions back to normal. If you think someone near you is suffering from a stroke, do a quick test and seek for medical attention immediately. To lessen the damage to the victim, you have to act FAST. Check for Facial weakness. If the person is unable to smile or is feeling some numbness in one part of the face, a stroke may be happening or may have already happened. Check for Arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms. If he or she cannot do so, he or she is at risk of stroke. Check Speech ability. To check this, ask the person to say a complete sentence. If he or she cannot coherently create one, his or her speech ability may already be starting to get affected. Time to call for help. These steps should be done very quickly and if you see that one or two of the signs of stroke are present, immediately call 911. The faster you act, the better the chances of lessening the brain damage happening to the...

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