What is a Stroke?
posted by Revere Health | May 2, 2017
Like other areas of the body, the brain needs oxygen to survive and carry out its many important functions. Blood brings oxygen to the brain and other organs, and when this flow to the brain is interrupted or reduced, it’s called a stroke.
Strokes are a serious event that can be life-threatening, and they require immediate medical attention. Prompt treatments can often minimize brain damage and other complications, and the right preventive habits can lower your risk of having a stroke—the rate of deaths from stroke is much lower now than it was even 15 years ago. Here is some basic information you need to know about strokes.
Strokes are characterized by the event that caused a loss or reduction of blood to the brain. These include:
Symptoms of stroke can include:
When a stroke is taking place, other people nearby are very important for an immediate response. If you think you see the symptoms of a stroke in someone, first note when their signs began—this can impact their treatment down the line. From here, the “FAST” technique is effective:
A stroke can lead to several possible complications:
After a detailed diagnosis process meant to identify the area of the brain affected and rule out other potential causes of your symptoms, treatment for strokes varies depending on several factors, including the type of stroke. One of the primary goals is restoring blood flow to the brain as quickly as possible—the longer the brain goes without blood, the higher the chances of brain damage or other complications.
After emergency care, stroke rehabilitation is typically a lengthy process. It focuses on regaining strength and recovering function in affected areas wherever possible, including rehabilitation programs for movement and other basic functions. If you suffer a stroke, your doctor will lay out all the details of a rehabilitation program for you.
There are many steps you can take and lifestyle habits you can change to help prevent strokes:
“Stroke.” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/stroke/home/ovc-20117264
“About Stroke.” American Stroke Association. http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/About-Stroke_UCM_308529_SubHomePage.jsp
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.