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What isa top basilar artery stroke?

What isa top basilar artery stroke?

Basilar for brainstm: The top of the basilar artery is like a fork in the road. When a blood clot affects this area, small strokes can occur in the brainstem, causing numbness, weakness, trouble talking, eye symptoms, or impaired consciousness, and sometimes, more than one stroke occurs at the same time. ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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My dad (58) had a stroke 6 days ago right below the basilar artery. He has severe hiccups that only respond to thorazine (chlorpromazine). How long do they typ. Last?

My dad (58) had a stroke 6 days ago right below the basilar artery. He has severe hiccups that only respond to thorazine (chlorpromazine). How long do they typ. Last?

Unclear: Your father's hiccups are likely due to damage in the area of the brain called the medulla. These, like most stroke symptoms, may or may not improve over time. Give it at least three months. ...Read more

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What are the key symptoms of basilar artery migraine?

What are the key symptoms of basilar artery migraine?

Varied: In about 25% of patients, vertigo, slurred speech, and diplopia imply altered brainstem function. Commonly in adolescent women but also in others, total blindness and sensorial clouding accompanied by vertigo, slurred speech, tinnitus and distal/perioral paresthesias followed by a confusional state. The symptoms usually persist for 30 m followed by a throbbing occipital headache. ...Read more

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Can TIA stroke symptoms come and go all day for weeks?

Can TIA stroke symptoms come and go all day for weeks?

No, but: Complex partial or focal seizures sure can do this, and would highly recommend neurological consultation, as this needs clarification and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are fainting and convulsions part of stroke symptoms?

Are fainting and convulsions part of stroke symptoms?

Stroke symptoms: No they are not usually symptoms of a stroke. Signs of stroke may include weakness or numbness on one side of your body, slurred speech, double vision, or difficulty speaking or understanding language. ...Read more

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What kind of specialist can you see for stroke symptoms?

Neurologist: A neurologist. However call 911 and get urgent care if you believe you are experiencing a stroke. ...Read more

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Ischimec stroke symptoms? Can you feel after effects on body?

Stroke: For most people symptoms of a stroke result in a loss of function...So feeling this loss of function, yes most people do feel this. ...Read more

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Can chemo therapy causing stroke symptoms?

Can chemo therapy causing stroke symptoms?

Yes: Many types of chemotherapy can directly affect the brain and cause stroke-like symptoms. Some chemotherapy also increases the risk of blood clots, or the risk of bleeding, both of which may cause strokes. Be sure to tell your doctor immediately about these symptoms. ...Read more

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Can the basilar artery be stented if it is not occluded?

Can the basilar artery be stented if it is not occluded?

Basilar Artery Steno: Yes it can, but the risk of embolic (blood clot) stroke and benefit compared to risk make the procedure used rarely. Anti coagulation is used more often for intracranial vascular occlusive disease. ...Read more

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What causes hemiplegic migranes with total stroke symptoms?

What causes hemiplegic migranes with total stroke symptoms?

Most are genetic: Most patients have a genetic predispostion to this rare sub-type of migraines which can present with stroke like symptoms of weakness called hemiplegia. ...Read more

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How are basilar artery migraines diagnosed by doctors?

How are basilar artery migraines diagnosed by doctors?

Outdated concept: There's no such thing as basilar "artery" migraines. The term basilar migraine dates back to a time when migraine pathophysiology was thought to involve arterial wall constriction followed by compensatory dilation. Basilar migraine was thought due to basilar artery spasm. This notion has been discredited; however, the term is firmly entrenched & we all use it & know what it means & doesn't mean. ...Read more

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How can a person have a clogged basilar artery when her carotids are clear?

Just is: The carotid arteries are anterior circulation vessels; you can think of them as supplying the front of the brain. The basilar artery is at the base of the brain and is created by the confluence of the two vertebral arteries, which are posterior circulation vessels. It is possible to have disease in only one of these vessels, or in all of them, or in any combination. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of having basilar artery migraine?

What are the consequences of having basilar artery migraine?

Extensive: Manifestations include dizziness, vertigo, ataxia, visual disturbances such as double vision or tunnel vision, numbness and/or weakness in face/arms/legs, clumsy speech. This is often familial. A higher stroke risk exists with this type. Blood clotting abnormalities may be present predisposing to strokes. ...Read more

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How can I treat vertebro basilar artery insufficiency?

Meds, reduce risks: This is generally from narrowing/blockage of the arteries to the back of the brain. Symptoms of this can vary, but often include dizziness, difficulty using an arm, loss of sensation of face/arm/leg. It is treated with antiplatelet medications (eg. Aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) aggrenox), controlling cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, cessation of tobacco use, and in some cases placing a stent. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vertebro basilar artery insufficiency?

What is the definition or description of: vertebro basilar artery insufficiency?

VBI: Refers to a temporary set of symptoms due to decreased blood flow in the posterior circulation of the brain. The posterior circulation supplies blood to the medulla, cerebellum, pons, midbrain, thalamus, and occipital cortex (responsible for vision). ...Read more

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Can carotid surgery reverse stroke symptoms or not?

Can carotid surgery reverse stroke symptoms or not?

No: Carotid surgery is performed to prevent a major stroke. It does not reverse any brain injury from a previous stroke. In theory it should help with recovery from a stoke by improving circulation. ...Read more

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Can someone take aspirin when having stroke symptoms?

Can someone take aspirin when having stroke symptoms?

Yes: But am not really impressed with aspirin potency in preventing a stroke, as clopidigrel and Aggrenox seem more effective. ...Read more

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Stroke symptoms, numbness of the left side of the arm?

Stroke symptoms, numbness of the left side of the arm?

This could be stroke: Or it could be from other causes of left arm numbness. Is there weakness? Is there increased reflexes. If you think you have a stroke you should see a doctor as soon as possible. An MRI done with diffusion weighted imaging can tell if you have a stroke. Ask your doctor fi this could help you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about basilar artery migraines ps?

Can you tell me more about basilar artery migraines ps?

BAM: Basilar artery migraines are an uncommon type of severe headaches which are accompanied by neurological signs (like vertigo, dizziness) and typically start at the back of the head. You can find more info at http://www. Achenet. Org/resources/basilartype_migraine/. ...Read more

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Would you recommend to take aspirin when someone is having stroke symptoms?

Would you recommend to take aspirin when someone is having stroke symptoms?

See below: If there is no significant facial droop, I would try swallowing an Aspirin with the smallest amount of liquid needed. If you are having trouble swallowing the tablet, place it under your tongue. Aspirin is quite bitter! Many stroke victims, especially those with facial droop have difficulty swallowing. In our ed we give our patient's a rectal suppository of aspirin, I wouldn't expect you to have it. ...Read more

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Does it ever happen that a concussion simulate a stroke symptoms and show up on an x-ray?

Does it ever happen that a concussion simulate a stroke symptoms and show up on an x-ray?

Yes and no: A concussion can have some symptoms that look like a stroke. Neither concussion or stroke will show up on an x-ray. Its best to get checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and afraid of having a stroke. Also have anxiety which mimics stroke symptoms. I have normal BP and cholesteral?

I'm 16 and afraid of having a stroke. Also have anxiety which mimics stroke symptoms. I have normal BP and cholesteral?

Get seen: Their is help for the kind of anxiety you are feeling. Let your parent or guardian know. Get a full physical work up and ask for a referral to see a therapist. There is no shame whatsoever in asking for psychological help at your age. It can make all the difference for a healthy productive life. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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I've got anxiety disorder n keep thinking im dying from a stroke. I have had stroke symptoms started 3 days ago, if it was real would I be dead by now?

I've got anxiety disorder n keep thinking im dying from a stroke. I have had stroke symptoms started 3 days ago, if it was real would I be dead by now?

Stroke symptoms?: You haven't shared the symptoms you're calling "stroke symptoms." if they've been going on for 3 days though, a medical evaluation is advisable. Not all strokes kill, but at age 25 strokes are unlikely. Hoping you're working with a psychiatrist on your anxiety issues. Psychotherapy is an important part of treatment for anxiety as well. ...Read more

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Frequent stroke symptoms all the time & anxiety I will die of a stroke. This is after 6 years of treatment this is still my biggest anxiety. Help pleas?

I wonder....: As no ordinary facts about stroke will be new to you or cause you to relax your fear - let me ask you to think about ways you did change in those 6 years? There must be some. Can those guide you? Do you need a different therapist now to work on this? Of course it's not pleasant to think of dying and I expect other causes would not be big improvements. Find a Health Anxiety specialist snd keep on. ...Read more

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What is a basilar artery migraine?

What is a basilar artery migraine?

Brainstem origin: More common in woman, is associated with an aura of < than one hour followed by a headache. The aura produces a field cut (loss of vision) leading to temporary blindness, followed by ataxia, vertigo, tinnitus, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, bilateral paresthesia, or a change in the level of consciousness. It affects all age groups and both sexes. The presentation can be confusing. ...Read more

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Can you die from basilar artery migraine?

Can you die from basilar artery migraine?

May be: If you get a serious stroke then you may, usually not. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get basilar artery migraine?

Not really: About 10 to 15% of the total population have migraine headaches. Basilar artery migraines are a specific type of migraine and are less common. ...Read more

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What can I eat to avoid basilar artery migraine?

Nothing: Unless you know of some food that triggers your migraine, which you can avoid, you can not eat any food to avoid migraine. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a basilar artery migraine.?

See your doctor: Please consider seeing your doctor and describing your symptoms without use of internet or medical book research. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a traumatic basilar artery aneurysm?

As the name suggests: It is aneurysm of dilatation of the basilar artery (at the back side of brain) due arterial wall disruption as a result of injury. ...Read more

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What is tortuous basilar artery compressing the left medulla mean?

What is tortuous basilar artery compressing the left medulla mean?

Medullary compressio: This is not an uncommon finding in people over 65 on mri scan. It is significant if you are having symptoms such as dizziness, black out spells or blood pressure fluctuations. It can frequently such be followed by a neurologic professional, but should generally be evaluated by someone with experience in cerebrovascular disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Basilar artery migraine?

What is the definition or description of: Basilar artery migraine?

Complicated migraine: What we used to call basilar migraines are now usually called complicated migraines with neurologic symptoms accompanying the migraine such as numbness weakness or trouble speaking. ...Read more

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What are the most effective home remedies for basilar artery migraine?

Sleep, diet: If you suffer with basilar artery migraines, keep a journal of your attacks. The journal will help identify any triggers to your migraines. Avoiding these triggers can be helpful in reducing the frequency of the migraines. In addition, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help. That means you need to:
get adequate sleep
limit your stress
exercise daily
diet can also affect migraines. Doing the foll. ...Read more

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Should I give aspirin to somebody if they are having stroke symptoms but are taking warfarin?

Should I give aspirin to somebody if they are having stroke symptoms but are taking warfarin?

Aspirin and stroke: No. The patient may be having a hemorrhagic stroke and Aspirin would make it worse. Call 911. ...Read more

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My sister says she has basilar artery migraine. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Could be.: This type of migraine falls under the list of 'migraine variants'. As such, it may not act like a 'typical migraine'. Patients with migraine variants can have symptoms other than headache. And yes, they can run in families. Talk to your sister and see what problems she was having that made her go to her docor. If you have had similar problems, talk to your doctor about them. ...Read more

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Friend on facebook just diagnosed with basilar artery migraine. In my country we never heard that term. Is that something new?

Friend on facebook just diagnosed with basilar artery migraine. In my country we never heard that term. Is that something new?

Well known: This was nicely described by bickerstaff many years ago. The basilar artery supplies the balance center, vision areas, and nausea areas as well as regions that can cause confusion and disorientation. When these areas are primarily involved in a migraine attack, we refer to it as a form of basilar artery migraine. ...Read more