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How To Recover From Embolic Strokes
Intensive rehab: Stroke recovery is more related to the size of the stroke, the areas of involvement (motor, speech, vision, etc) than to the exact mechanism of cause. Certain functions of the brain are more plastic (tend to recover) than others, & age is a contributing factor. Recovery tends to be greater in the young than in the elderly. Intensive rehab followed by outpatient rehab provides your best recovery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cardiac Stroke: A blood clot that starts in the heart (usually a bad valve, irregular heart beat causing pooling in the heart, or heart attack with damaged heart tissue) and travels to the brain causing a stroke (cerebral vascular accident). Treatment is based on thinning the blood to prevent another event and if caught soon enough (usually within 3-6 hours), blood clot dissolving therapy. ...Read more
I had two embolic strokes the last in march two months ago started having extreme headches what could be causing this?
Sequelae: This is complex and requires formal evaluation by your health caregiver (physician/aprn) . Personally, i suspect it is due to an architectural (musculoskeletal) imbalance as a result of the strokes. Other causes may be present, and that is why i suggest formal evaluation. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more
Bleed vs blockage: Hemorrhagic strokes usually refer to bleeds within the parenchyma or substance of the brain (though subarachnoid bleeding - from an aneurysm or such- is rarely and loosely referred to as a hemorhagic stroke). An ischemic stroke is when brain tissue dies (infarcts) due to a lack of blood flo from a clot or small vessel blockage. It is not uncommon for some bleeding to occur within an infarct. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had two embolic strokes the last in march two months ago started having extreme headches what could be cau sing th is shoul i go to er?
Need evaluation: Strokes or poor brain blood flow can promote headaches in older patients. Your emboli could well have changed brain chemicals and blood flow and may have altered baseline auto-regulation. However, I am concerned re. Possible local bleeding secondary to the original damage, so get evaluated. Most likely your headaches will respond to meds used in migraines. ...Read more
Pathophysiology: Ischemic stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked.A thrombotic stroke occurs when diseased or damaged cerebral arteries become blocked by the formation of a blood clot within the brain. An embolic stroke is also caused by a clot within an artery, but in this case the clot (or emboli) forms somewhere other than in the brain itself. Hemorrhagic stroke is sudden bleed into the brain. ...Read more
Close F/up: After a stroke due to a blood clot aka-embolic stroke, one should be carefully followed by a doctor. This includes blood thinning medication and monitoring, physical and occupational therapy and in cases of speech impairment - speech and swallow therapy. The severity and the amount of total recovery or lack of recovery from the stroke dictates the length and time of follow up and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Although the first f: The first few months is a significant predictor for the level of stroke recovery. However, recovery can continue over a much longer period of time. In fact there are some strategies that take advantage of neurologic plasticity for a sub group of patient to facilitate further recovery even years after the initial event. Evaluation and guidance by an appropriate medical specialist is critical. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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