Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Stroke

 

Overview

Any disruption of normal blood flow in the brain due to an obstacle, blood clot or narrowing of arteries causes a ‘brain attack’ or Stroke. Stroke creates a disruption in the blood supply and the oxygen supply to the affected portion of the brain is cut off, leading to death of cells.

 

Causes

The most common cause of a stroke is a blood clot that blocks blood flow to the brain. A stroke can occur when a blood vessel in the brain gets narrow or clogged and there is not enough blood supply to the brain. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, aging and smoking can be the risk factors. Cerebral haemorrhage and migraine headache may sometimes also cause a stroke. Younger individuals taking illegal recreational drugs may be more susceptible. Inflammation of blood vessels, blood clotting disorders and congenital heart defects may affect the normal flow of blood that can lead to a stroke.

 

Symptoms

A person has different symptoms based on the different parts of the brain that may be affected or damaged due to a lack of blood supply. There can be problems with movement and sensory ability on one side of the body where the patient may suffer with paralysis of the arm, leg and face. Vision problems, dizziness, vertigo, headache, loss of speech and understanding are other probable symptoms. The person may experience weakness, numbness and a tingling sensation on one side of the body. The patient may be drooling, have trouble walking or lose sense of balance and coordination after a stroke. A person may also experience a feeling of confusion and be troubled with nausea, vomiting and seizures.

 

Diagnosis

If a person is having a stroke, it is a serious medical emergency and medical help through emergency services need to be sought without any delay. The sooner the sufferer is taken into medical care, the more of the affected area of the brain can be saved. The doctor will perform a physical examination and note the medical history of the patient if he is alert or gather information from the family members or others who may be present with the patient to assess the situation and diagnose the condition promptly. Certain tests will be recommended by the doctor that may be carried out to enable the doctor to make an accurate evaluation. 

 

Treatment

A doctor may suggest using drugs to treat the condition, anticoagulants may be prescribed to help in recovery. Specific procedures may also be recommended keeping in mind the patient’s specific needs. The doctor may suggest a rehabilitation process if necessary to enable the patient to function normally as far as possible.

 

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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