A stroke is a medical emergency. In fact, strokes have even been dubbed brain attacks by neurologists and neurosurgeons for many years now, equating their urgency to that of heart attacks, which in many ways is absolutely terrifying.
Strokes and heart attacks share other similarities. With a heart attack, one of the tiny coronary arteries on the surface of the heart becomes clogged by a blood clot or some other matter floating in the blood. This is what causes an ischemic stroke – a blood clot or some other embolus (matter floating in the blood) blocks one of the arteries in the brain, blocking the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to a portion of the brain. Just as in a heart attack, a portion of the heart muscle dies due to lack of blood flow, with a stroke, a portion of the brain dies due to lack of blood.
The other major form of stroke is a hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke, where an aneurysm (weakness in the wall of an artery) ruptures, causing blood to not be delivered where it should be, and causing pressure within the brain.
The symptoms of a stroke can be mild or fatal. Some of the long-term symptoms include weakness on one side of the body (hemiparesis), drooping of the face, difficulty finding words (dysphasia), difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) and confusion.
Once patients who have experienced strokes have medically stabilized, they may come to spend some time with us here at Fox Subacute to relearn many of the things we all take for granted, like walking, dressing or brushing teeth. The care and treatment that our dedicated staff provides all of our patients, including those recovering from strokes, is second to none. Our goal is to help as many patients as possible safely return to their homes.
For more information about how we here at Fox Subacute can provide you or your loved one top-notch, compassionate care, or to arrange a tour of one of our facilities, please contact us.