A stroke occurs when blood isn’t able to reach a certain part of your brain. Without blood flow to the brain, brain cells start to die. This is a serious condition that can lead to permanent disability and even wrongful death. Here is what you need to know about strokes and stroke injuries .
The Three Types of Strokes
- Transient Ischemic Attack: Doctors often refer to this is a warning or a mini stroke. The symptoms only last for a very short period of time and are caused by something that is temporarily blocking blood flow to your brain.
- Ischemic Stroke: Accounting for about 87% of strokes, an ischemic stroke is the most common. This is when a blood clot is what’s blocking blood flow to the brain. A blood clot occurs when fatty deposits on the inner lining of a blood vessel begin to build up too much. A piece of these deposits can break off and block blood flow. The blood clot won’t go away without proper treatment.
- Hemorrhagic Stroke: This is when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures, causing blood to spill into surrounding tissues. There are three types of hemorrhagic strokes:
- Aneurysm: A weakened blood vessel swells outwards and ruptures.
- Arteriovenous Malformation: Abnormally formed blood vessels which are more susceptible to rupturing.
- High Blood Pressure: Having high blood pressure can weaken blood vessels, leading to brain bleeds.
The acronym FAST is often used an easy way to remember the warning signs of a stroke:
- Face: When you try to smile, one side of your face may droop
- Arms: When you try to raise both of your arms, one or both may drift downwards
- Speech: When you try to talk, your speech may be slurred or you may have trouble speaking altogether.
- Time: There is very little time to deal with a stroke, so you want to call 911 immediately if you notice any symptoms.
Other symptoms include sudden confusion, loss of coordination, sudden headache, and blurred vision in one or both eyes.
A stroke is known as a medical emergency and this is because the resulting injuries can be devastating and life-threatening. Here are a few common stroke injuries that can occur:
- Behavior Changes: A stroke can impact the part of the brain that handles emotions. These stroke injuries can cause depression and anxiety. You may also become more impulsive or withdrawn from others.
- Speech Problems: If the stroke affects the part of the brain that controls speech, you can have permanent difficulties reading, writing, and understanding what people are saying.
- Numbness/Pain: You can acquire both increased and decreases sensations in different parts of the body as a result of a stroke. It can also affect your ability to correctly sense different temperatures, making it easy for you to injure yourself.
- Paralysis: If the stroke occurs in the right side of your brain, it can affect the movement of your right side and vice-versa. One side of your body can become partially or completely paralyzed.
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