Stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced. Reduction in blood supply results in deprivation of brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Stroke can be prevented and reversed completely with timely treatment. Symptoms of Stroke are:
• Trouble speaking or understanding
• Paralysis or numbness of face, arm or leg
• Trouble seeing with one or both eyes
• Trouble with walking
HOW IS STROKE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Stroke is done through physical examination and clinical diagnostics. The neurologist may check for typical symptoms of stroke and also conduct clinical tests like blood tests, CT scan and MRI of the brain, and echocardiogram for confirming diagnosis of stroke.
HOW IS STROKE TREATED?
Emergency treatment for stroke depends on whether you're having an ischemic stroke blocking an artery — the most common kind — or a hemorrhagic stroke that involves bleeding into the brain. To treat an ischemic stroke, doctors must quickly restore blood flow to your brain. Other medications are used to treat the symptoms and in worse cases various surgical procedures are done depending on the type of stroke.
DID YOU KNOW?
During the recovery process after a Stroke, a person may need ongoing rehabilitation. A massive Stroke can be fatal.