The Clinical Implications Of The Symptoms Of Stroke

Funom MakamaStarred Page By Funom Makama, 20th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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They tend to appear suddenly and may include: Numbness, weakness or lack of movement (paralysis) in the face, an arm or a leg, especially on only one side of the body. Other symptoms include difficulty in seeing in one or both eyes, confusion and difficulty in speaking or understanding speech.

Symptoms Of Stroke

Dizziness or loss of balance or coordination, sudden inability to walk, vomiting, a sudden, severe headache, depression and/or sudden outbursts of emotions are also symptoms of stroke.

The effects of a stroke may be mild or severe and temporary or permanent, depending on which brain cells are damaged, how much of the brain is involved and how quickly the blood flow is restored to the area. It is a medical emergency as stroke treatment is time dependent.

Stroke Emergency Preparedness

• Susceptible individuals should ensure to keep a list of emergency rescue telephone numbers in their pockets
• They should find out which area hospitals are primary stroke centers that have a 24 hour emergency stroke care.
• Know in advance which hospital or medical facility is nearest to your home or office.

Do not ignore signs of stroke, even if they go away. See a doctor immediately. Treatment can be more effective if given quickly. Every minute counts!

Treatment Of Stroke

There are three stages in the treatment of stroke:
1. Prevention therapies for preventing stroke are based on treating an individual’s underlying risk factors.
2. Acute stroke therapy: therapy immediately trying to stop a stroke attack episode while it is happening. Medication is a common method of treatment.
3. Post-stroke rehabilitation is to overcome disabilities that result from stroke damage.
Physical therapy is the cornerstone of rehabilitation process.

Prognosis of stroke: Prognosis depends on the type. Although, stroke is disease of the brain, it can affect the entire body. Some of the disabilities that can result from stroke include paralysis, cognitive deficits, speech problems, emotional difficulties, daily living problems and pain.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

TIA is a “little stroke” or “mini stroke” or transient stroke that lasts only a few minutes. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted. TIA symptoms usually occur suddenly and are similar to those of stroke but no lasting damage is done.

Many people who have had TIA, will later have a stroke. TIA can occur days, weeks or even months before a major stroke. In about half of the cases, the stroke occurs within one year of TIA. TIA results when a blood clot temporarily clogs an artery and part of the brain does not get the blood it needs. The symptoms occur rapidly and last a relatively short time, usually less than five minutes. Unlike stroke, when TIA is over, there is no injury to the brain. The short duration of these symptoms and lack of permanent brain injury are the main distinctions between TIA and stroke.
Get medical help immediate. Prompt medical attention could prevent a fatal or disabling stroke from occurring.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Mar 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Mar 2014 (#)

Always good to be aware of the symptoms of stroke.

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author avatar Funom Makama
20th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you so much colleagues... Yes, it is @Mark!

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author avatar Funom Makama
22nd Mar 2014 (#)

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