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Stroke

A stroke represents damage to the brain that secondarily results in a loss of function of the body. There are two kinds of stroke: ischemic strokes and hemorrhagic strokes. Of the two, ischemic strokes are the most common and represent an area of the brain that is lacking in circulation. The brain can develop a spontaneous blood clot in a major brain artery so that large amounts of the brain lack in circulation. This is called a thrombotic stroke. If the brain suffers from a loss of circulation due to a blood clot that occurs somewhere else in the body and then travels to the brain causing damage, the stroke is called an embolic stroke.

A hemorrhagic stroke represents a bleed in the brain from an aneurysm or other weakness in the blood vessel. This can be more serious than an ischemic stroke because the bleeding can become severe and can cause an increase in the pressure of the brain. This increase in pressure can result in further brain damage and can result in a herniation of the brain through the base of the skull and sudden death.

Symptoms of a stroke depend on the side of the brain affected:

  • A left sided stroke leads to right sided loss of sensation and motor function.
  • A right sided stroke leads to a left sided loss of sensation and motor function or to left sided neglect.
  • Speech production can be affected or speech understanding can be affected.
  • Vision can be affected.
  • There can be a loss of bowel or bladder function.
  • Headache (in hemorrhagic strokes) .

There can be a marked difference between a left sided stroke and a right sided stroke. In a right sided stroke, there can still be function of the extremities but there is left sided neglect. Speech may be present but is unintelligible. Left sided neglect means the stroke patient doesn’t recognize the left side of their body as being theirs. In a left sided stroke, there is a complete loss of function of the right side of the body and aphasia, difficulty getting the words out. There can be variations on these two scenarios but they basically fall along the above lines, whether or not the stroke is ischemic or hemorrhagic.

The doctor treating stroke patients is operating on a strict timeline. He must first understand when the onset of stroke symptoms occurred. If it is an ischemic stroke, doctors have between 3 and 6 hours to provide fibrinolytic therapy—ideally within 3 hours. What this means is that a patient needs to be transported to the hospital, given a stat CT scan and given fibrinolytic agents to break up the clot so that some or all of the function can return to the body. This is a far cry from 20 years ago before fibrinolytic therapy was used in stroke patients. Patients simply completed their stroke without more than supportive treatment. Now it would be considered malpractice not to send a patient to a facility that has a CT scan and fibrinolytic therapy. If the hospital is small without a CT scan and the patient falls within the criteria of 3 hours or less, they should be sent on by ambulance in order to have the proper therapy.

After the acute phase of therapy is over with, then rehabilitation begins. The patient receives speech and swallowing therapy, along with physical therapy and occupational therapy to teach them how to walk to the best of their ability and to speak and swallow well. Occupational therapy teaches them the ways to cook, clean, and be safe in their homes.

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