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Stroke

Effective care and surgical intervention for the treatment and rehabilitation of medical emergencies such as stroke

FAQ's

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What is a stroke or brain attack?

A stroke or brain attack is a medical emergency that happens when there is damage to the brain due to an interruption of blood supply. It is also termed a cerebrovascular accident.  A stroke or brain attack is a medical emergency that happens when there is damage to the brain due to an interruption of blood supply. It is also termed a cerebrovascular accident.

Is it possible to recover from a brain stroke?

Yes, it is possible to recover from a brain stroke to a certain extent and have an acceptable quality of life. Stroke patients see immense improvement within two weeks to 3 months if good treatment is provided within the acute phase. However, palliative care can be lifelong.

What is the life expectancy after a brain stroke?

A recent study shows 2/3rd of stroke patients who make it through the 30-day mark live more than three years. However, some studies have shown the life expectancy to reduce by 9.5 years after a stroke incidence due to increased chances of recurrence.

Can paralysis be cured after a brain stroke?

Yes, though complete paralysis may not be easy, partial paralysis can be improved by regaining back motion and movements in paralyzed body parts. However, intense therapy and rehab will be necessary to improve the patient's health and prognosis.

What is a brain stroke & its cause?

Ischaemic stroke: a brain attack due to blockage of blood supplying the artery Hemorrhagic stroke: brain stroke due to bursting of blood artery supplying to the brain In either case, part of the brain stops working, causing paralysis.

Is hemorrhagic stroke a type of brain stroke?

Yes, hemorrhagic brain strokes are caused due to damage or bursting of a blood vessel that supplies a part of the brain. It can happen due to injury, trauma, or weakened blood vessels.

Can stress cause a brain stroke?

Stress can cause a brain stroke due to an increase in blood pressure. 

Sustained high blood pressure from stress can weaken or damage brain arteries, leading to ischaemic or hemorrhagic brain stroke.

What are the risk factors associated with a brain stroke?

Lifestyle problems:

  • High blood pressure 
  • Heart disease 
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Smoking
  • Oral contraceptives 
  • History of strokes in the family
  • High RBC
  • High blood cholesterol & lipids 
  • No exercise 
  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol 
  • obesity
  • Heart abnormalities.

Miscellaneous risk factors:

  • Old age 
  • Gender: men > women 
  • Temperature and season(extreme temperatures precipitate)
  • Social factors like poverty.

Which is the best hospital for brain stroke in Kerala?

Aster Center of excellence in neurology is the best hospital for treating brain, spine, and nerve care in Kochi, Kerala. It offers high-tech and specialized medical facilities in neuro-oncology, neurology, spine surgery, neuroradiology, neuropsychology, and neurorehabilitation. In addition, Aster hospitable has an experienced faculty to handle cases of brain stroke.

How does a brain stroke happen?

A brain stroke or brain attack can happen due to partial or complete loss of blood supply to a part of the brain. This can happen because of the following:

  • Blockage in the artery supplying the brain
  • Damage or bursting of the blood vessel supplying the brain.

Is there any cure for a brain stroke?

Yes, there is a stepwise line of treatment for brain stroke, which includes medications needed to dissolve any clots, preventive medication, blood thinners, anticoagulants, antihypertensives, ACE inhibitors, surgery, cardiac monitoring, and adjunct therapy like speech, rehab, and physiotherapy will also be needed it in cases of motor damage.

What are the initial symptoms of a brain stroke?

  • Vision disturbances: blurry loss of vision in one eye, temporary loss of vision
  • Muscles: Inability to walk, imbalance.
  • Face: Drooping face on one side
  • Headache
  • confusion
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Unconsciousness
  • Paralysis on one side of the body
  • Difficulty to walk
  • Uncoordinated hand movements

What are the diagnosis tests for brain stroke?

The following tests may be useful in the diagnosis of brain stroke:

  • Complete body examination
  • Blood tests
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Carotid USG
  • Cerebral angiogram
  • ECG (echocardiogram).

Does a brain stroke cause complete loss of memory?

No, brain strokes don't necessarily cause loss of memory. However, that can happen if the area of the brain responsible for memory is damaged due to the stroke.

Ischemic stroke vs. Hemorrhagic stroke; Which is the most severe type of stroke?

Generally speaking, ischaemic stroke has better outcome rates than hemorrhagic stroke. Hemorrhagic stroke has the potential to kill, especially within the acute and subacute stages. Neurotherapy and functional rehabilitation can help restore many body functions of patients with ischaemic brain stroke.

How to avoid brain stroke?

Make some lifestyle changes like:

  • Proper nutritious diet
  • Maintain healthy weight/BMI
  • Daily Physical activity 
  • No smoking 
  • alcohol restrictions 
  • Regular checks for cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose 
  • Treat diagnosed heart diseases 
  • Take medications properly, if prescribed.

Which is the best treatment for brain stroke?

The standard brain or ischemic stroke procedure is administering life-saving medications through the arm's vein. This has to be done within the first 3 hours of the stroke when all the other vitals are within an acceptable range. The medication used for treating ischaemic stroke is TPA or recombinant tissue plasminogen activator. It is also known as Alteplase or Tenecteplase.

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