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April 13, 2020
Category: Medical
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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.