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Does Having A Stroke Mean You Will Have More
Brain attack: 2 kinds of stroke: ischemic or hemorrhagic. Ischemic (either thrombotic or embolic) is like a clogged drain in your house. Hemorrhagic is like a burst pipe. In either case, you don't get water flowing where you need it. Same w/stroke — you lose blood flow to vital areas in your brain (are there non-vital areas?). Without blood flow, brain dies. So if you think you're having a stroke, call 911. ...Read more
Intubated?: Not sure what incubated would mean with regard to a stroke. However, if a stroke patient was having difficulty maintaining his or her airway, there might be a need for intubation to help with breathing. ...Read more
Yes: A stroke occurs when a part of the brain lacks blood flow or when a blood vessel bursts and spills blood is an area of the brain. This causes the affected part of the brain to die. The good news is that in many people the areas adjacent to the stroke take over and function recovers. Recovery depends on many factors including the size of the stroke. Rehabilitation helps maximize recovery. ...Read more
Sorry to hear: There are 3 kinds of stroke: a clot, a bleed in the brain, or a bleed in the space between the brain & skull. Clots can occur at the site of blockage or float downstream from the heart or another artery (like the carotid). Treatment is needed to prevent another one & depends on the cause. BP control, lowering of cholesterol, and anticoagulation or antiplatelet therapy is usual. Surgery rarely. ...Read more
Frontal disconnect: I can't answer for the whoever quoted that phrase to you but as a neurologist when someone says "judgment" was affected by a stroke it makes me think of impulsiveness, lack of concentration, or acting without considering consequences. If you'd like to share more information with me on this case write to me @: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi and input Key Code PDXFNR to set up an appointment ...Read more
Cva: Worth going to er to check it outs. ...Read more
Not necessarily: A small stroke does not necessarily mean that you will have a larger stroke in the future, but it does increase your risk dramatically. It is important to be evaluated by a doctor to make sure that all stroke reversible risk factors are well controlled, and that you are on the appropriate medications for secondary stroke prevention. ...Read more
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Not rare: In the older age group, seizures are often caused by cerebrovascular disease, and needs preventative treatment. Many anti-epileptic drugs are useful, but since older folks take multiple meds, best to find one without drug-drug interactions, such as lyrica, keppra, vimpat, (lacosamide) neurontin, etc. ...Read more
Approx 10% of stroke patients have seizures within 5 years after a stroke. Some of these patients have multiple seizure episodes, and are diagnosed with post-stroke epilepsy.
Seizures soon after stroke may be related to blood product irritation (hemorrhagic strokes) or related to decreased blood flow, hypoxia (low oxygen) or other factors for ischemic (embolic) stroke. ...Read more
Mysterious: I guess it would all hinge on what the doctors' notes say. ...Read more
Usually familial: Premature graying of hair is often a family trait, so there should be relatives with the same problem. As a familial trait, there isn't anything wrong inside the body. One's primary care doctor, the doctor doing one's general check-ups every year or two, can help check to make sure that the general health is normal... And confirm that there isn't any other problem going on. ...Read more
Not necessarily: More info is needed as well as an exam. Please see your family physician. Could be anything from a habit to a malocclusion. ...Read more
My mum had a major stroke 2 years ago she is experiencing a burning sensation in her effected side what does this mean?
Pain after stroke: There are a number of painful syndromes associated with strokes, and some could be termed "deafferentation syndromes". Treatment is often very successful, and many neurologists would use gabapentin or Lyrica (pregabalin). But make sure that diagnosis is fully confirmed first. ...Read more
Hi doctors, my dad had 2 strokes i 1 day, first was 4am then swcond was 10am but we discovered that he had a blood in his brief. What it means?
Hard to tell.: The blood on the briefs might have come from the bowel or the kidneys or bladder. Causes could be infection, diverticulitis, colitis, or tumor. If the strokes were shown to be ordinary ischemic strokes from clots or bleeding there is probably no relationship. If there is evidence of a tumor cause then there could be spread from somewhere else, like a tumor from bowel or kidney. Talk to his doctor. ...Read more
Lightheadedness for 7 weeks, last two days can hardly stand. Does this mean not enough 02 to my brain... And a stroke?
Pseudotumor cerebri: The symptoms that you describe are consistent with low blood pressure and your medications may need an adjustment from your doctor. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension or Pseudotumor cerebri is raised pressure in the brain that leads to severe headaches and vision loss. Diamox (acetazolamide) and losing weight under a physician supervised program can reduce or eliminate the high pressure in the brain. ...Read more
Numb lips at night only one side. But as soon as I wake up it goes away. Should i be concerned could that mean a sign of a stroke?
Lip numbness: It could mean your diabetes isn't well-controlled yet or that the metformin you are taking is causing a B12 deficiency. It could also be a mild stroke or other neurologic problems. Please see your physician ASAP for a consultation to check your glucose, hemoglobin-A1C, B12, complete neurological exam to detect any mild deficits or Neuro referral ...Read more
HELP. Can sudden first time flushing/red warm/hot/heat only ONE side of face mean stroke or TIA? It lasted a few minutes and then went.
Unlikely: It is unlikely to be a stroke or TIA. Strokes/TIA usually causes loss of function — weakness, numbness etc. Your description does not fit classic stroke or TIA. ...Read more
What does it mean for a stroke to peak? My mom had a stroke 3 days ago and we thought she had another but the doc said it had just peaked
Stroke evolves: It may take several days or even weeks for the full extent of the damage caused by the stroke to be completely expressed. ...Read more
I know that the fight or flight response is for our body's safety, so does that mean strokes, seizures, ect, are less likely to happen during panic?
There is no evidence: To support that. The third. "F" is. Freeze, which is extremely common in humans. The stress response is designed for survival, but nothing can guarantee safety. While there is no evidence that panic directly causes heart attacks or strokes, there is also no evidence of a protective effect. A book on panic noted a man who thought he was panicking was told by his doctor that he was having a heart attack, to which the man responded "thank god, I thought my panic disorder was coming back". This should give everyone pause to think about how severe panic can be and how frightening it can be the person who is going through it. ...Read more
Possibly: Mini-strokes are colloquially thought of as transient ischemic attacks, or tias, which are neurologic deficits that may resolve over a relatively short period. Although these are commonly associated with disease of the blood vessels feeding parts of the brain, some may be a result of clots forming in the heart, e.g., sluggish contraction with blood sludging or atrial fibrillation. ...Read more
I had a mini stroke & I had to get an MRI done, they said that I had a soft spot too. What does that mean?
Soft spot: The soft spot would be most likely the area where you had the ministroke. ...Read more
If a person had a stroke on the left side of the brain, does that usually mean he/she can no longer speak?
Not necessarily: While it is true that the left side of the brain usually houses are "speech centers", not everyone with a stroke on the left side will lose their speech. It really depends on the size of the stroke and the location of the damage. There are strokes that will affect speech production but preserve speech comprehension and others which will do the opposite. ...Read more
Can sharp pains in my head in the front mean I could have a stroke I'm on the contraceptive pill so im at risk only thing is i don't smoke?
Not likely: Nothing is impossible, but as a non-smoker under-age 35 you are in a low-risk group for cats form OCP. Most all such clots are in the legs not the head. If the pains continue see your own doctor about whether to continue OCP. Good wishes. ...Read more
Which value of cardiac output is considered high? My stroke volume 90ml, by 75 bpm, that means cardiac out:6, 7l/min;cardiac index would be 3, 5l/min*m2. Tx
Cardiac Output: Numbers such as you list can be normal especially in a smoker. Numbers alone without clinical correlation don't necessarily mean a lot. You should discuss these data with the physician(s) who know you and your specifics. ...Read more
If I have had a stroke, is it safe for me to take evista (raloxifene)? I had a stroke 10 years ago. Does this mean that I should not take evista (raloxifene)?
Speak to oncologist:
You should address this question with your medical oncologist or the physician who prescribed this medication. He/she will be able to look at your entire history and medical problems and prescribe the medication best suited for you.
Good luck. ...Read more
Words: Pathogenesis is the origin or development of a disease. Ischemic stroke is damaged brain tissue due to loss of circulation (like from a clot)(as opposed to stroke from bleeding). Left cerebral hemisphere is the dominant area in most people and usually controls speech and right sided motor functions. ...Read more