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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
Depends on severity: The length of time to recover from a stroke varies from a few hours (if the stroke reverses itself before the damage is permanent, we call it a transient ischemic attack, TIA) to a few months for mild motor weakness, to much longer for larger or more serious effects. People with significant weakness on one side may see very gradual continued improvement over many months to a few years. ...Read more
Left or right: Every stroke is unique, with effects dependent upon many factors including physical fitness, co-morbidities, size of brain tissue injury, rapidity of onset, mechanism of onset. Recovery may come in days, weeks, years, or never. If the stroke involves the dominant temporal responsible for speech prognosis is worse than for equal sized non-dominant temporal lobe stroke, other things being equal. ...Read more
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