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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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How long does someone live after a massve stroke, if it's even possible?

How long does someone live after a massve stroke, if it's even possible?

Yes, it is possible: Might be for years, as brain death or severe injury does not necessarily cause cessation of cardiac function, and artificial machine support could prolong life indefinitely. This assumes that the brain stem functions which support cardiac and vascular homeostasis have been unscathed. Different issue if stroke causes herniation, which can destroy brainstem function. ...Read more

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Stroke (Definition)

Stroke is a loss of neurological function due to loss of blood flow to a part of the brain. This can be the result of clotting locally, an embolus from elsewhere in the vascular system or bleeding in the brain. It is usually manifest by a sudden ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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90yo, stroke in brain. Put in ng tubes 21days after stroke but 20days later gallstones infection. How long can one live with "death rattlee? Any hope?

90yo, stroke in brain. Put in ng tubes 21days after stroke but 20days later gallstones infection. How long can one live with "death rattlee? Any hope?

Always hope: There is always hope, but what are you hoping for? Sounds like an awful existence right now, and may be appropriate to hope for a peaceful passing. When someone is breathing air in the same way a fish would move its mouth, and there are copious secretions, this is often referred to as the "death rattle", and is often a sign there is not much time left, but only god knows how much. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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How long after stroke can one distinguish short term (reversible) /permanent (irreversible) damage?

How long after stroke can one distinguish short term (reversible) /permanent  (irreversible) damage?

Stroke: There isn't a simple answer. Some strokes appear likely to be irreversible from the start but improve notwithstanding. Healing of nerve damage can take many weeks and therapy can also modify what's going on so a simple answer that fits all situations isn't possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Klein
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How long does it take to regain vision after a stroke?

How long does it take to regain vision after a stroke?

Hard to say: It depends on the degree of the stroke, the exact location of the stroke and how quickly the stroke was treated. It could be hours to days to weeks or possibly never. ...Read more

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Dr. Atif Haque
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How long can person go unresponsive after stroke?

Indefinitely: Depending on the size and location of a stroke, a person can remain comatose indefinitely, even with aggressive medical interventions. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Can anyone tell me how long after a stroke i'll speak again?

It may take time: A lot depends upon where the stroke was, how large, and to some degree each person is wired just a little different. Often it takes 3 to 6 months to get back most of what you'll back. Best of luck on a speedy recovery! ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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How long after stroke does dementia appear in those who will get it?

How long after stroke does dementia appear in those who will get it?

Varies: Every stroke has different outcomes, depending on the location of brain and the type of stroke (blood pressure related, blockage of vessels, blood clot, bleeding, high cholesterol, etc). The development of dementia could begin immeidately, few days or few months after stroke. It is important to start cognition retraining immediately after stroke if this person is fully awake. ...Read more

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Dr. Ata Ulhaq
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How long can a elderly and after a stroke stay alive on a peg tube?

How long can a elderly and after a stroke stay  alive on a peg tube?

Nobody knows exactly: Unfortunately we can't predict death that time and day is so unknown to human at this point even with cancer we can give a majority( stat significant) 5 year survival rate but that is not true for every body but something like stroke which in itself not consuming the body as cancer is is not predictable now with fracture femure and hip they have studied and in couple of years after the fall and. ...Read more

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How long can you live being elderly and renal failure and stroke?

How long can you live being elderly and renal failure and stroke?

It depends: It depends on the quality of life. There are different stages of renal failure. There are different presentations of stroke. But the most important part of piece is the living wills. So if this person has bad stroke and renal failure along with the living wills stating that this person does not want an artifical nutrition and dialysis then it is terminal condition, less than six months to live. ...Read more

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