Strokes are a very serious issue. That is why we take the time on this website to educate the general public about symptoms to expect with stroke, and what to do in these specific situations.
Strokes typically affect adults 50 years of age or older. These adults typically have co-morbid diseases that can predispose them to having more strokes such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high blood lipids. Strokes are caused by wear and tear on arteries. You can think of the arteries in the brain like a plumbing system. High blood pressure wears out the pipes and high blood fats cause gunk to build up in the pipes and block circulation. These pipes deliver nutrients, and oxygen to the brain. With out circulation through these crucial pipes the brain cannot breathe and suffocates.
Stroke symptoms include one sided weakness, numbness and tingling. If it is double sided odds are that it is not a stroke. There are strokes however that do present this way. That is why it is always good to consult a medical professional to be safe, rather than sorry. Strokes can happen to any adult regardless of age but typically target adults ages 50 and older. If you think you are experiencing a stroke contact your local emergency department right away via 911. Time is brain, and the more time you waste, the more brain you loose. For further questions call 1 919-759-5460.
How are strokes treated?
First thing that must be done in the emergency department is that a doctor will evaluate you by taking your medical history, do a physical exam, and if deemed necessary, will conduct further medical imaging for evaluation. The medical imaging is used to determine if there is a stroke or not. The CT scan is the quickest way of doing this. If there is bleeding in your brain then you may need surgery to control your stroke. If there is no bleeding then the doctors can give you a medication to bust the clot in your brain. This medication also comes with a risk of brain bleeding in a small percentage of cases, but you doctor will evaluate all of your laboratory data and medical history to make sure this does not happen. If you are able to get to the doctor within the shortest amount of time possible he can offer you treatment options. But if you delay until the next day then there may be nothing more you can do to regain function. Strokes can be highly debilitating and may require lifelong physical therapy. If a stroke is bad enough it may lead to coma as well as brain death. That is why it is imperative to go to a medical professional right away if yo are experiencing one-sided body numbness, tingling, and weakness. If you have more questions about strokes contact our toll free number now. For further questions call 1 919-759-5460.
Types of strokes
There are two types of strokes, ischemic, and hemorrhagic. Ischemic means the pipes are blocked by material/gunk. Hemorrhagic means that a blood vessel burst open and bled. For further questions call 1 919-759-5460.
Ischemic Strokes: These strokes are easily controlled by a interventionalist. These strokes need to be caught in the correct timeframe. But when caught the interventionalist can go through your arteries/pipes, and plunge the clot to regain flow and access to the brain. Nutrients and oxygen will flow back to the brain and everything is completely reversible.
Hemorrhagic Strokes: These are strokes that are a result of brain bleeds. If you have bleeding in your brain this is a dire symptom. You will need emergency consultation by a neurosurgeon who will then decide on your care. Hemorrhagic Strokes are one of the most distressing diseases in medicine. That is why it is imperative to call 911 if you have neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and weakness.
Call us at our toll free hotline now if you have questions regarding strokes. For further questions call 1 919-759-5460.