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What Is Stroke And How It Affects YOU…
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Use the information in this free bonus to help you address stroke in your life and help prevent future stroke from destroying your life. A full stroke may follow a month after such an attack or after a series of these mini attacks. Typically a stroke is an acute condition that occurs when a clot blocks the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. patients. nutrients and blood to the brain. The most common symptoms associated with these include: Numbness and tingling or weakness in any of the limbs or on one side of the body. . survivors and family members have when facing stroke. Q. doctors refer to this as an “ischemic stroke. A stroke can result in many symptoms and much damage to the brain. What is a stroke? The American Stroke Association. When a clot interrupts the blood flow and oxygen flow to the brain within a vessel. define stroke as a type of heart disease that affects the brain and arteries in the body. This frequently asked questions guide will answer some of the more common questions caregivers. Acute confusion that is intermittent. They result from minor or short-term obstructions of oxygen. What are transient strokes? Transient ischemic or “mini” strokes are minor or minimal strokes that often serve as a sign that a major stroke is pending. Less than 20 percent of victims suffer a hemorrhagic stroke.” If a vessel in the brain or body ruptures. depending on its severity. which is one reason early intervention is so important and critical to one’s survival.Stroke Frequently Asked Questions Has stroke affected your life? If it has. you want answers. Q. and blood leaks into the brain many refer to this as a “hemorrhagic” stroke. Are there any warning signs of a stroke? TIA’s or transient ischemic attacks often serve as a warning sign of a stroke. Most survivors suffer an ischemic stroke. or when a blood vessel ruptures and then prevents blood and oxygen from getting to the brain and supplying nutrients to the brain. or that of a loved one. Q. working with the American Heart Association. These mini attacks may also precede a full stroke by just hours.
as is a good and healthy lifestyle. one many refer to as “the worst headache of their lives” that comes on suddenly. Never feel this way. Some treatments that can help prevent recurrent strokes include: Antiplatelets – these are substances like aspirin that prevent the blood from clotting. Anticoagulants – products including warfarin that help reduce the body’s ability to produce clots. Some people do not want to see their doctor for fear that nothing is wrong and they will waste time. Difficulty speaking or understanding clearly what someone is saying. Q. get it checked out immediately. A very severe headache. Patients treated early often experience very high recovery rates and enjoy a good quality of life following a stroke. or appearing “dazed” or “confused. Surgical procedures – for patients that have experienced a hemorrhagic stroke a surgeon may place a structure at the base of the neck to help prevent an aneurysm or leaking of blood into the brain. . The sooner you recognize these signs and seek help. It is always better to be safe than to feel sorry. the less likely you are to suffer severe side-effects of a stroke. Angioplasty – In this procedure a surgeon will implant a steel screen or stent into a patient that may already suffer from heart disease to reduce the risk of artery clogging fat build up. While some strokes simply happen. which can slow the supply of blood to the brain.” Difficulty seeing or sudden blindness that passes. Can I prevent a stroke? Early detection is critical to prevention. Most patients who have had a stroke will be at greater risk for having another stroke. Feelings of dizziness or poor coordination. This is especially true of patients who have suffered a stroke and want to prevent a stroke from recurring. If you suspect something is wrong. there are steps people can take to prevent them.
org where you will find people able to direct you to the resources you need to find answers to your questions. including hereditary factors. How many people have strokes in any given year? Statistics provided by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations including the American Heart Association suggest that over 700. Nearly 200. You can find support through local community groups or online. Family counseling or independent therapy may also help you cope during the tough times that follow a stroke. at http://www. If you feel comfortable talking with your own doctor (and you should) you can ask your doctor for a recommendation to a local support group. A qualified therapist can help you and your partner cope with feelings of loss and confusion.nfcacares. or call them at 1-800-553-6321 for direct assistance and subscribe to a support group and magazine committed to improving the lives of survivors and their families. One great place to connect with other friends and family members of stroke survivors is: http://www. Here you can look for the AHA Stroke Connection. My partner had a stroke. SUPPORT is an important part of anyone’s journey.000 people are affected by a stroke every year. I feel like I don’t have anyone I can talk to that can relate. Another place to look for help is the National Family Caregivers Association. Many factors contribute to one’s risk of stroke. with only heart disease and cancer ranking above it. but also the way members of his or her family live.000 may die or suffer debilitating consequences. It is often difficult to cope with the changes that stroke brings about in one’s life.org. Stroke does not just impact the way the stroke survivor lives. What can you do to feel better? The best step you can take is to find a supportive group of people to lean on in times where you need support and assistance. How do I know if I am at risk for a stroke? Anyone can have a stroke. males are also more likely to be at risk for stroke than females as are individuals with underlying health conditions. Throughout the world the incidence of stroke is much higher. whether that support comes in the way of patient support for stroke survivors or support for caregivers and family members.americanheart. I don’t want to place any more burdens on my partner who has already gone through so much. Stroke is the #3 killer in the United States. though individuals over age 50 are more at risk than their younger counterparts. In general. including . Q. Q.Q. lifestyle factors and independent health factors. It has been very difficult for me to cope.
What will the doctor do if he or she suspects a stroke? Typically a doctor will monitor a patient and perform neurological tests to assess whether any damage has occurred. balance problems. Whenever you experience acute symptoms that seem out of ordinary. a stroke may result in permanent disability including paralysis. Q. If you have other symptoms. Post these signs somewhere clearly where anyone can see them so they too know the early warning signs of a stroke. Some examples of tests a physician might order include a CT scan that takes X-ray pictures of various parts of the body and can record the exact location of an attack. . diabetes or a history of stroke or heart disease. numbness and tingling in one or more of the appendages and hands. Recent trends however and statistics prove that many patients improve following rehabilitation. What should I look for if I suspect a stroke? Usually a patient has some warning signs of stroke before they have one. communication problems and weakness or muscle pain.high blood pressure. In the worst circumstances. Immediate medical attention is necessary. Much of healing and the extent to which one suffers disability depends on one’s personal health and wellness before a stroke. Q. as early intervention is critical to a good recovery. Warning signs may include visual changes or blurry vision. you may be experiencing other cardiovascular signs signaling another problem (like a pending heart attack). slight facial droop or a very severe headache. You should also avoid smoking and make sure you become aware of the primary signs and symptoms of stroke. If there is evidence a person experienced an attack then the doctor will look to find the cause and location of the problem (like a blood clot) so they can then treat it as soon as possible. You can do many things to reduce your risk of stroke even if you fall into these risk categories. MRI’s are also helpful for providing images of any clots or bleeding that may occur in the brain. weakness of muscles. including pain in your chest or pain that radiates down one arm. you should consult with a qualified medical provider as soon as possible. A transient attack may include any of these symptoms that last for several minutes to half an hour. including eating well and exercising regularly. Does suffering a stroke mean living with a permanent disability? Many patients endure disabilities following a stroke. Others may respond well and heal relatively well with very little intervention. Q. Many people will suffer a full-blown stroke after experiencing these symptoms.
The goal of most treatments is to improve the quality of life of the survivor and increase their chances of independent living. The more you learn about stroke. The causes of stroke in children are often different from the causes in adults. they are not uncommon in young adults or children. While strokes are more common in adults. As with any disease. Currently new drug therapies are being tested to help reduce the risk of stroke by removing or dissolving clots in safer ways. For more information about children and stroke visit the Children’s Stroke Association. Blood clotting disorders are another example of a risk factor that may result in a stroke in a child. The American Heart Association and the National Stroke Association.org No matter who you are or how old you are. located at http://www.org There is also an online support group available for families whose children suffered from stroke and similar disorders available here: http://www. the best defense against stroke is information. Can children suffer from a stroke? Anyone can suffer a stroke. may help reduce muscular spasticity experienced by stroke survivors. What new treatments are available for stroke survivors? There are many new treatments in development for stroke survivors. Children for example are more likely to suffer from stroke resulting from a congenital abnormality. Q. Be sure to look at our book “Life After a Stroke” on our website http://www.html . Continue your journey by reading “Life After Stroke” and learning as much as you can about stroke and stroke prevention from the National Institutes of Health.afterastroke.chasa. You have begun your journey right here.Q.pediatricstroke. Some studies suggest many factors contribute to a child’s risk including mutations of certain genes. today by learning more about stroke.info/book. knowledge is power. Researchers are constantly seeking out new ways to prevent strokes from resulting in permanent damage by extending the amount of time they have between symptoms and an attack to treat patients correctly. commonly thought of as a “cosmetic” treatment. Other treatments including use of Botox. right now. or from infection with various childhood diseases including varicella. the better prepared you will be to combat and face it should it strike your family.