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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.