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By Winchester Neurological Consultants
December 23, 2020
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Stroke  
Strokes can be life changing and their effect on your health far-reaching, but rapid treatment and prompt rehabilitation can make all the difference. You'll depend on your therapists, your loved ones, and your own willingness to work to regain what was threatened, and it all starts the moment the stroke first occurs. If you're at risk, please learn to recognize the warning signs and reach out to the specialists of Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, to become better informed about stroke prevention, treatment, and outlook.
 
 
Rehabilitation
 
 
A stroke happens when blood supply to the brain, and with it, oxygen, is interrupted and damage occurs. Rehabilitation is often possible because your brain can sometimes change the way it performs certain tasks, or another area of the brain may take over an affected one. If treatment was prompt and blood flow reestablished quickly, then cells can be saved and may eventually return to function.
 
 
The goal of rehabilitation treatments is to help you regain your independence through speech, occupational, and physical therapy.
 
 
Types of Therapy
 
 
It can be difficult to speak or even understand speech after a stroke. Through speech therapy, you may be able to relearn how to communicate, even through alternative means.
 
 
Occupational therapy helps you with all the everyday tasks that you may struggle with after a stroke. While physical therapy focuses on giving you back your strength and balance and helps you control muscle spasms, which are sometimes a side effect of a stroke.
 
 
Stroke Treatment in Winchester, VA
 
 
After you've had a stroke you are at high risk for another. They often recur for one in four of those who've suffered one. It becomes all the more important to treat the main causes of stroke, which can include heart disease, high blood pressure, and cholesterol, as well as diabetes and atrial fibrillation.
 
 
It's also imperative that you be aware of the symptoms of a stroke. Look out for the loss of balance, and headaches, accompanied by blurred vision, weakness in your ability to move your limbs, difficulty with speech, and if half of your face droops. Don't delay, contact an emergency number right away.
 
 
To learn more about your own risks, and to create a plan of action, make an appointment with your professionals at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA by dialing (540) 667-1828.
April 13, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Stroke  

How your neurologists in Winchester, VA, can help if you’ve had a stroke

A stroke can cause dramatic changes to your life, including, in severe cases, the possibility of death. Accordingly, you should be informed about what happens when you have a stroke, so you and your family can be prepared. Fortunately, the neurologists at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, offer a wide variety of medical services, including stroke treatment to help you.

You may be having a stroke if you experience:

  • Sudden numbness in your arm, leg, or face, typically on one side of your body
  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision, typically in one eye
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding others
  • A sudden severe headache
  • Difficulty walking, sudden dizziness, or loss of balance
  • Feelings of confusion, fainting, or nausea

There are different types of strokes, which have different treatments. An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to your brain. Ischemic strokes make up 87% of all strokes. Treatment for an ischemic stroke involves removing or breaking up the clot to free up blood flow. This can be accomplished by:

  • Intravenous application of Alteplase medication to dissolve the clot and improve blood flow; this treatment is effective in the early stages of a stroke.
  • Endovascular or mechanical treatment to remove the clot and free up blood flow; ideally, this treatment should be performed within 6 hours of acute symptoms, but it can still be effective within 24 hours of the first symptoms.
  • Combination therapy, which includes removal of the clot and administration of Alteplase for eligible patients.

A second type of stroke is a hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs from a blood vessel rupturing within your brain. This type of stroke can happen as a result of chronic, uncontrolled high blood pressure, an aneurysm, or abnormal blood vessels. The goal of treatment is to stop the bleeding in your brain, and this can be accomplished by:

  • Inserting a catheter tube into an arm or leg artery and guided up into your brain. The catheter contains a camera at one end which allows your doctor to see the problem, and insert a coil or other device to prevent hemorrhage.
  • Surgical treatment to treat an aneurysm

Remember that early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to surviving a stroke. To find out more about the causes, signs, and treatment of a stroke, talk with the experts. Call the neurologists at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, today by dialing (540) 667-1828.

In a nutshell, a stroke happens when blood supply to one portion of the brain is reduced or interrupted, preventing the brain from receiving enough nutrients and oxygen. When this occurs, your brain cells will start to die and continue to perish until you obtain proper treatment. This is why a stroke is an urgent medical emergency.

Fortunately, effective treatment and prevention could also help prevent the risk of complications, including permanent disability and brain damage. Here at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, we offer a stroke prevention program to help people reduce their risk of developing a stroke.

Stroke Symptoms You Should Know About

  • A severe and sudden headache that might be accompanied by altered consciousness, dizziness, or vomiting.
  • Difficulty talking and understanding what other people are telling you. You may likewise feel very confused and have slurred speech.
  • You might suddenly have blackened, double, or blurred vision in one or both eyes.
  • Difficulty walking and loss of balance.
  • Numbness or paralysis of the face and/or limbs. This usually happens on just one side of the body. If you suspect these symptoms, try raising both arms at the same time over your head. If one of your arms starts falling, you could be experiencing a stroke. Additionally, you may find a part of your mouth drooping when trying to smile.

Obtaining Urgent Medical Help is Immensely Crucial

Get urgent medical help right away if you experience the stroke symptoms mentioned above, even if they disappear completely or come and go. According to the American Stroke Association, you should think “FAST” and then try to do these vital things:

  • FACE: See if you can smile and if one side of your face droops.
  • ARMS: Check if you can raise your arms. Is one arm going down or are you unable to raise one arm?
  • SPEECH: Can you speak clearly or are your words slurred? Can you speak at all?
  • TIME: The moment you feel the symptoms of a stroke, dial 911 and get emergency medical attention ASAP. Pay special attention to when you started feeling symptoms because certain stroke treatments are most effective if administered soon after the beginnings of stroke.

Remember, the longer that a stroke is left untreated, the higher the risk of permanently developing a disability or brain damage. Also, if you are with a person who you think is experiencing a stroke, call medical help immediately and try to keep the person comfortable and calm while waiting for help to arrive.

For more questions about stroke and our stroke prevention program, reach out to us here at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, by dialing (540) 667-1828. We are also excited to offer Telehealth visits via your computer or smartphone. Call our office to schedule your virtual appointment.