What You Should Know About Stroke

Blood Clot

Have you learned that someone you care about had a stroke?

Did you know that there are several types of strokes and their recovery journey are not the same?

There are three major kinds, with different warning signs and symptoms.

All types of stokes have one thing in common: a loss of blood to part of your brain and that causes big problems.

Your brain cells need the oxygen that’s carried by your blood. So when a stroke cuts the supply, some of the cells start to die. And that sets off trouble like memory loss, confusion, and numbness on one side your body. If you have signs of any of them, call the emergency service right away. The sooner you get treated, the less likely you are to have long-term effects.

The symptoms of an ischemic stroke depend on which parts of your brain are affected. They can include things like:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of your face, arm, or leg, often on one side of the body
  • Confusion
  • Problems speaking or understanding others
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or trouble walking
  • Vision loss or double vision

Sometimes you can get complications. A stroke damages your brain cells. The more damage that’s done, the more problems you can have. That’s why it’s important to get medical help as soon as possible. If you don’t get treatment, you can have trouble like:

  • Fluid buildup, swelling, and bleeding in your brain
  • Seizures
  • Problems with memory and understanding

TIA (transient ischemic attack).
Ischemic strokes also include something called a “mini stroke” or a TIA (transient ischemic attack). This is a temporary blockage in blood flow to your brain. The symptoms usually last for just a few minutes or may go away in 24 hours.

TIAs can happen because the vessels that bring blood to your brain narrow. They also might occur because of a clot.

The symptoms may be similar to an ischemic stroke. You might have:

  • Numbness on one side of your body
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Trouble talking or understanding
  • Problems with your vision
  • Severe headache

A TIA can sometimes be a warning sign that you’ll have an ischemic stroke soon.

Don’t take any chances if you or someone you know has any symptoms that seem like a stroke. Get medical help in a hurry.

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