How Do We Know We Are Having a Stroke

Stroke is a life threatening event; it can kill you or will leave you paralyzed once it is not detected early. Stroke is either Ischemic and hemorrhagic.

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In ischemic stroke, the brain’s blood supply depleted and the tissues surrounding your brain loses its function. This can either be the result of an emboli or a blood that blocked the blood vessels in your brain, hindering the normal circulation. Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by the eruption of the brain blood vessels. Usually Hemorrhagic strokes follow after ischemia.

Symptoms

Knowing the symptoms may actually save you. The first and the most strong indicator of stoke is the blurring of vision and headache. Symptoms vary depending on what region of the brain is affected. Symptoms include, facial paralysis, spasticity, numbness, since the face is paralyzed the speech may also be altered, disorientation and uncoordinated voluntary movements. Stroke should be rapidly assessed and it’s always an emergency situation.

The cranial nerves may also be affected that’s why stroke patients may experience alteration in their vision, smell, hearing and taste. Some stroke patients may have difficulties in walking since their gait and posture is altered.

Diagnosis

Physicians evaluate the history of the stoke patient how severe is his condition. There are various imaging machines like the CT scan and MRI. When the diagnosis reveals Stroke, they go to the advance diagnosis and see what’s the underlying cause through the use of angiogram, Holter monitor, ECG and Doppler studies.

Most people, who are obese, have sedentary lifestyle, alcoholic, drug abusers and smokers are the ones who are at risk of Stroke.