Stroke FAQ

What Is Stroke And How It Affects YOU…

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survivors and family members have when facing stroke. patients. Acute confusion that is intermittent. Less than 20 percent of victims suffer a hemorrhagic stroke. What is a stroke? The American Stroke Association. and blood leaks into the brain many refer to this as a “hemorrhagic” stroke. A full stroke may follow a month after such an attack or after a series of these mini attacks. you want answers. A stroke can result in many symptoms and much damage to the brain. working with the American Heart Association. Q.” If a vessel in the brain or body ruptures. Most survivors suffer an ischemic stroke. nutrients and blood to the brain. or when a blood vessel ruptures and then prevents blood and oxygen from getting to the brain and supplying nutrients to the brain. Are there any warning signs of a stroke? TIA’s or transient ischemic attacks often serve as a warning sign of a stroke. This frequently asked questions guide will answer some of the more common questions caregivers. 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. They result from minor or short-term obstructions of oxygen.Stroke Frequently Asked Questions Has stroke affected your life? If it has. These mini attacks may also precede a full stroke by just hours. . Q. or that of a loved one. Typically a stroke is an acute condition that occurs when a clot blocks the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. 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. define stroke as a type of heart disease that affects the brain and arteries in the body. Q. When a clot interrupts the blood flow and oxygen flow to the brain within a vessel. doctors refer to this as an “ischemic stroke. which is one reason early intervention is so important and critical to one’s survival. Use the information in this free bonus to help you address stroke in your life and help prevent future stroke from destroying your life. depending on its severity.

Patients treated early often experience very high recovery rates and enjoy a good quality of life following 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. or appearing “dazed” or “confused. If you suspect something is wrong. 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. This is especially true of patients who have suffered a stroke and want to prevent a stroke from recurring. one many refer to as “the worst headache of their lives” that comes on suddenly. get it checked out immediately. Q.    Difficulty speaking or understanding clearly what someone is saying.  . Can I prevent a stroke? Early detection is critical to prevention. there are steps people can take to prevent them. While some strokes simply happen. which can slow the supply of blood to the brain. as is a good and healthy lifestyle. Some treatments that can help prevent recurrent strokes include:    Antiplatelets – these are substances like aspirin that prevent the blood from clotting. Never feel this way. Some people do not want to see their doctor for fear that nothing is wrong and they will waste time. A very severe headache. It is always better to be safe than to feel sorry. Anticoagulants – products including warfarin that help reduce the body’s ability to produce clots. the less likely you are to suffer severe side-effects of a stroke. Most patients who have had a stroke will be at greater risk for having another stroke. The sooner you recognize these signs and seek help. Feelings of dizziness or poor coordination.” Difficulty seeing or sudden blindness that passes.

americanheart. One great place to connect with other friends and family members of stroke survivors is: http://www. Many factors contribute to one’s risk of stroke. but also the way members of his or her family live. Q.000 may die or suffer debilitating consequences. How do I know if I am at risk for a stroke? Anyone can have a stroke. Stroke is the #3 killer in the United States. lifestyle factors and independent health factors. Stroke does not just impact the way the stroke survivor lives. including hereditary factors. My partner had a stroke. A qualified therapist can help you and your partner cope with feelings of loss and confusion.org. You can find support through local community groups or online. including . Nearly 200. In general.000 people are affected by a stroke every year. whether that support comes in the way of patient support for stroke survivors or support for caregivers and family members. Q. SUPPORT is an important part of anyone’s journey. 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. Family counseling or independent therapy may also help you cope during the tough times that follow a stroke. Another place to look for help is the National Family Caregivers Association. It is often difficult to cope with the changes that stroke brings about in one’s life.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. 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. with only heart disease and cancer ranking above it. at http://www.org where you will find people able to direct you to the resources you need to find answers to your questions. Throughout the world the incidence of stroke is much higher. I feel like I don’t have anyone I can talk to that can relate. I don’t want to place any more burdens on my partner who has already gone through so much.Q. males are also more likely to be at risk for stroke than females as are individuals with underlying health conditions. Here you can look for the AHA Stroke Connection. though individuals over age 50 are more at risk than their younger counterparts. It has been very difficult for me to cope. 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.

Warning signs may include visual changes or blurry vision. Others may respond well and heal relatively well with very little intervention. balance problems. Q. as early intervention is critical to a good recovery. You can do many things to reduce your risk of stroke even if you fall into these risk categories. Q. Post these signs somewhere clearly where anyone can see them so they too know the early warning signs of a stroke. you may be experiencing other cardiovascular signs signaling another problem (like a pending heart attack).high blood pressure. communication problems and weakness or muscle pain. Much of healing and the extent to which one suffers disability depends on one’s personal health and wellness before a stroke. Q. including eating well and exercising regularly. you should consult with a qualified medical provider as soon as possible. Immediate medical attention is necessary. . Whenever you experience acute symptoms that seem out of ordinary. 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. a stroke may result in permanent disability including paralysis. weakness of muscles. In the worst circumstances. Many people will suffer a full-blown stroke after experiencing these symptoms. If you have other symptoms. Does suffering a stroke mean living with a permanent disability? Many patients endure disabilities following a stroke. A transient attack may include any of these symptoms that last for several minutes to half an hour. 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. numbness and tingling in one or more of the appendages and hands. diabetes or a history of stroke or heart disease. You should also avoid smoking and make sure you become aware of the primary signs and symptoms of 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. Recent trends however and statistics prove that many patients improve following rehabilitation. slight facial droop or a very severe headache. What should I look for if I suspect a stroke? Usually a patient has some warning signs of stroke before they have one. MRI’s are also helpful for providing images of any clots or bleeding that may occur in the brain. including pain in your chest or pain that radiates down one arm.

afterastroke. For more information about children and stroke visit the Children’s Stroke Association. The goal of most treatments is to improve the quality of life of the survivor and increase their chances of independent living. The American Heart Association and the National Stroke Association. While strokes are more common in adults. commonly thought of as a “cosmetic” treatment.info/book. or from infection with various childhood diseases including varicella. knowledge is power. Can children suffer from a stroke? Anyone can suffer a stroke. The causes of stroke in children are often different from the causes in adults. Children for example are more likely to suffer from stroke resulting from a congenital abnormality.html . may help reduce muscular spasticity experienced by stroke survivors. located at http://www.pediatricstroke.Q.chasa.org There is also an online support group available for families whose children suffered from stroke and similar disorders available here: http://www.org No matter who you are or how old you are. The more you learn about stroke. the best defense against stroke is information. What new treatments are available for stroke survivors? There are many new treatments in development for stroke survivors. right now. As with any disease. Blood clotting disorders are another example of a risk factor that may result in a stroke in a child. Other treatments including use of Botox. Currently new drug therapies are being tested to help reduce the risk of stroke by removing or dissolving clots in safer ways. 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. today by learning more about stroke. the better prepared you will be to combat and face it should it strike your family. You have begun your journey right here. 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. Be sure to look at our book “Life After a Stroke” on our website http://www. Q. Some studies suggest many factors contribute to a child’s risk including mutations of certain genes. they are not uncommon in young adults or children.

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