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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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If you have a heart attack and then are revived with cpr, will you have brain damage?

If you have a heart attack and then are revived with cpr, will you have brain damage?

Maybe: This depends on the length of time the brain was without blood flow, and the situation after the person was revived. In fact now many patients after CPR can be treated with hypothermia, which involves cooling the body slightly while the patient is sedated, (roughly to a temp of 93 degrees f) for about 24 hrs, this lowers the risk of brain damage in many cases. Many other factors involved however. ...Read more

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My sister went with oxygen for 7 minutes and a heart attack she a diabetic and had very low blood pressure kidney damage will she have brain damage?

My sister went with oxygen for 7 minutes and a heart attack she a diabetic and had very low blood pressure kidney damage will she have brain damage?

Not sure: Adults who are deprived of oxygen due to cardiac arrest for over 5 minutes usually suffer brain damage. However since she did not have a cardiac arrest and,despite very low blood pressure, she may have had enough cerebral circulation to avoid significant brain damage. However because of diabetes and smoking history, she may have come vascular disease which increases her risk. Hope for the best. ...Read more

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My husband had a heart attack on november 15th 2013. It's like he's a different person. Does a ha change a persons brain?

My husband had a heart attack on november 15th 2013. It's like he's a different person. Does a ha change a persons brain?

It is Possible: The most likely cause would be if he had a period of time during the heart attack when there was a decreased amount amount of oxygen going to his brain. This would occur from a drop in the blood pressure or a clot. This is same a stroke which can affect parts of the brain that control someone's personality. Depression and anxiety are very common after heart attack. ...Read more

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A stroke may also be referred to as a brain attack. In what ways is it similar to a heart attack?

A stroke may also be referred to as a brain attack. In what ways is it similar to a heart attack?

Similar cause: A stroke is an interruption in blood flow to a part of the brain usually caused by either an embolic event or blood clot or a bleed or hemorrhage in the brain. In the end the damage caused may be permanent and severe causing loss of function like inability to use an arm, leg or speech. A heart attack is caused by interruption of blood to heart muscle by arteries diseased by atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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What's it called when you have a heart attack in your brain? I think my gramps had a brief one. He didn't know my name.

What's it called when you have a heart attack  in your brain? I think my gramps had a brief one. He didn't know my name.

My sympathy: I'm awfully sorry to hear about your gramps. When a blockage in the heart clogs an artery supplying blood to the heart muscle, it is called "a heart attack". When that happens in the brain, it's called a "stroke." i hope your gramps is getting good medical care and gets better quickly. ...Read more

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What will happen if you have blood clots all over your brain after a major heart attack?

What will happen if you have blood clots all over your brain after a major heart attack?

Emboli: If the heart attack has associated ventricular clotting, those can embolize to head, body etc. Cerebral emboli cause damage- strokes and can be devastating or lethal. ...Read more

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Can blood pressure indicate heart attack and bleed on the brain if so would it be high or low?

Can blood pressure indicate heart attack and bleed on the brain if so would it be high or low?

No, not reliably: Consequences of heart disease or stroke on blood pressure and visa versa, the effect of blood pressure on the heart or brain, is not uniform. Clearly markedly elevated blood pressure is a risk for stroke and increases the work on the heart, but patients with normal blood pressure can still experience a stroke or have a heart attack. There are many other factors to consider ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Brain Injury (Definition)

Brain injury is a condition in which the brain is damaged due to an injury. Brain injury often results when the head violently and suddenly hits an object or when an object deeply pierces the head. The symptoms of brain injury vary from mild to severe depending on how much the ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more