What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells can begin to die. An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is cut off, due to a blocked or clogged blood vessel. An embolic stroke occurs when a blood clot breaks free and blocks circulation to the brain, depriving it of blood and oxygen. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood vessels in the brain leak or rupture, causing blood to build up and put pressure on surrounding areas, resulting in the death of brain tissue. Regardless of the type of stroke, rapid diagnosis and treatment are key to reducing long-term disability
Recognizing a Stroke
In order to prevent a deadly stroke, it is important to recognize the symptoms of a stroke in progress. According to the National Stroke Association, the acronym FAST (Face Arm Speech Time) is an easy way to remember stroke symptoms. During a stroke, the victim may lose the ability to control half of their face and limbs, making them appear to sag. The sagging leads to slurred speech, another sign of an imminent stroke. During a stroke, it is also possible that the victim may lose their sense of touch. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately to get them help. The sooner treatment is given, the better off the victim will be.
If a victim of an ischemic or embolic stroke seeks help within a 3-6 hour window, a doctor can administer a medication called TPA which reverses the effect of a stroke and breaks up blood clots. The sooner the TPA is administered, the better the outcome. Hemorrhagic strokes may require prompt surgery to reduce pressure on the brain. The longer the bleeding goes on, the more damage there will be to the brain. Prompt treatment is essential to saving lives and functioning when faced with a stroke. That is why it is essential for medical professionals to recognize stroke symptoms and properly treat a person who is having a stroke.
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