Strokes are the No.5 leading cause of deaths in the United States. Did you know that every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke? Stroke Awareness month is to help others become aware of the signs of a stroke and to have as many stroke heroes as possible to be ready to save lives.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is a sudden interruption that stops the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts.
Types of Strokes:
• Ischemic Stroke (Clots): occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain.
• Hemorrhagic Stroke (Bleeds): caused by a blood vessel rupturing in the brain and the accumulation of blood in the tissue around the rupture.
• Transient Ischemic Stroke: caused by a blood clot, often called “mini stroke”, because it does not last long.
Effects of a Stroke:
Left Side of the Brain:
• Memory loss
• Paralysis on the right side of the body
• Speech /language problems
Right Side of the Brain:
• Vision problems
• Memory loss
• Quick, inquisitive behavioral styles
• Paralysis on the left side of the body
• Imaging tests such as an MRI (Memory resonance imaging) that give a picture of the brain similar to x-rays.
• Electrical tests such as EEG (Electroencephalogram) that records the electrical impulses of the brain.
• Blood flow tests that show any problem that may cause changes in blood flow in the brain.
• Emergency treatments with medications such as aspirin and intravenous injection of tissue plasminogenactivator (TPA).
• Emergency procedures such as medications delivered directly to the brain, and mechanical clot removal.
• Emergency treatment focuses on controlling your blooding and reducing pressure in your brain.
• Surgical treatments such as surgical blood vessel repair, surgical clipping, surgical AVM removal, and much more.