A Stroke is what happens when blood flow to part of the brain is interrupted. As a result, oxygen deprivation to brain tissue occurs and, which, in turn, can lead to devastating consequences. The severity of symptoms depends on the location of the Stroke and the size of the Stroke. Some of the symptoms consist of neck stiffness, severe headache, loss of vision, dizziness and loss of balance, among others.
HOW IS STROKE DIAGNOSED?
A Neurologist diagnoses Stroke by performing a physical examination, CT scan of the brain, MRI, carotid ultrasound, electrocardiogram, and blood test.
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?
Stroke remains to be the 5th leading cause of death in U.S.