A stroke is a reaction that occurs when the patient's blood supply is interrupted during the travel to the brain. This interruption can be a complete interruption, failure or a rapid reduction in speed of the blood flow. With a lack of blood supply and flow the body begins to shut down due to lack of oxygen to the necessary components of the body. There are several preventative measures and treatments available for strokes. Before these can be implemented, a patient should know the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Symptoms of a Stroke

There are several symptoms of a stroke. One of the most common symptoms is a difficulty with walking. Stumbling is the most common symptom followed by an obvious inability to walk at all. Difficulty speaking and understanding the spoken word is also a sign and symptom of strokes. In fact, this is the reason that a patient is asked questions when they arrive at the hospital. Basic questions, like a name or age, should be answered quickly. If someone is experiencing a stroke they may understand the questions, but may be unable to respond quickly if at all. Other symptoms can be severe headaches, blurred or lack of vision and numbness in the facial area.

Treatment of Strokes

Thrombolysis is the most common treatment for strokes. This treatment helps to eliminate blood clots which can cause further strokes. The treatment also improves the blood flow to the brain and the rest of the body. The treatment has shown the ability to prevent further damage to the body organs, tissues and overall well being. Another treatment for strokes is found in prescription medications. Aspirin, though an over the counter drug, can help stroke patients significantly. Anticoagulants, statins and various blood pressure medications can be prescribed by doctor’s in order to help maintain proper blood flow and heart conditions. Creating an adaptable home environment also helps stroke patients. Changing silverware and dressing accessories to accommodate weakened grips and movements can be a helpful addition. Changing how a stroke patient can help themselves independently is a great way to help stroke patients not only emotionally, but physically as well.

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