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?
Strokes are usually diagnosed by carrying out physical tests and studying images of the brain produced during a scan. For people with more complex symptoms, where the extent or location of the damage is unknown – and in people who have recovered from a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) – an MRI scan is more appropriate. This will provide greater detail of brain tissue, allowing smaller, or more unusually located areas affected by a stroke to be identified. A swallow test is essential for anybody who has had a stroke, as swallowing ability is commonly affected early after a stroke. A carotid ultrasound scan can help show if there is any narrowing or blockages in the neck arteries leading to your brain.
HOW IS STROKE TREATED?
The treatment of Stroke involves medication, physical therapies, and a psychologist to cope with the feeling of anxiety.
DID YOU KNOW?
Stroke remains to be the 5th leading cause of death in U.S.