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Massive Stroke Death
Depends: Stroke is classified into many different subtypes. Some have a much higher mortality rate than others. As an example, patients with a ruptured aneurysm have a higher rate of death than those with a small ischemic stroke. Questions about individual stroke risk should be directed to your physician. ...Read more
MRI: The best way to know that someone had a stroke is doing a brain MRI. If someone had a stroke it means that a part of the brain died do to lack of blood flow or rupture of a blood vessel with blood spilling. Recovery occurs by other parts of the brain taking over. Medically, we use "brain death" to signify total loss of brain function or activity (the person is dead & recovery is not possible). ...Read more
Two questions: Bell's palsy is a localized inflammation of the facial nerve and does not cause death, but a minor brainstem stroke could cause a focal facial paresis appearing similar to bell's in part at least. One can easily be distinguished from the other, by an experienced neurologist. ...Read more
Is a stroke on both sides of the brain a really bad thing my sister had a stroke and thay said it was on both sides of her brain? I want to now what I have to look forward to is it death for my sister
Any stroke is a really bad thing. Unlike any other organ, the brain can't be replaced. So, a stroke, which represents permanent damage to the brain, is there for life. This is why it is very important to identify and reduce risks for stroke, ideally before the first stroke happens.
At the same time, most strokes are survivable. This is because few strokes are large enough, or in a sufficiently sensitive part of the brain (like the brainstem) to interfere with basic life functions such as consciousness and breathing. The chances of survival can't be calculated exactly and change, sometimes frequently and greatly, during the hospitalization for acute stroke.
Things that influence chances of survival include the type of stroke (hemorrhagic -- bleeding to the brain; or ischemic -- part of the brain is starved of blood), the location of the stroke, and the size of the stroke. The chances of survival are greater for younger, healthier people with small, uncomplicated strokes. Poor health, complications (including heart attack, bleeding into the brain, swelling of the brain, organ failure), and other factors can cause a poor prognosis.
The majority of people who experience a stroke also experience partial or near-complete recovery. People often ask "if the stroke is a permanent brain injury, why do people recover? " this is because the brain's primary function is to learn, and during stroke recovery it learns its way around the injured area.
When a loved one experiences a stroke, people often have a lot of questions. While the answers to those questions can change on a frequent basis, it is usually very helpful to ask for a family meeting. These meetings, which are routine at my hospital, usually involve the patient's loved ones (or their representatives), the patient's nurse, the main doctors involved in the patient's care, a social worker, and a hospital chaplain. The purpose of the meeting is to share information and to establish goals. Family meetings can usually be arranged through the patient's nurse.
To increase awareness of heart disease (and stroke) the american heart association holds a heart (and stroke) walk every year. Most of these events occur in april or may. Www. Heartwalk. Org ...Read more
43 y/o wife, MCA ischemic stroke, entire right side. Decade of untreated hypertension. What are the chances my wife will have another stroke/death?
Very little: Have faith in GOD, chances are very little to have a another stroke and even zero chances for death ...Read more
Does high total bilirubin blood levels about 4.5 increase the risk for heart attack/ stroke or death or something?
How EXACTLY does general anesthesia lead to heart attack, stroke or death? What are the mechanisms in the drug that leads to a stroke? How does it kil
No single answer: Serious complications from GA are much more likely in pts who are already sick. If you have coronary artery disease, the stress of surgery and anesthesia can lead to heart attack. If you have already had a stroke, the same stresses can contribute to another. No one drug or technique is at fault. Surgery makes the body tend to form clots as part of healing. This can add to risk of stroke or MI. ...Read more
What is the possibility of death when you have brain damage to the left side of your brain after a hemorrhage stroke?
Relative term: It depends on location and size and many many other factors. ...Read more
My 65y old mom died, had dementia & taking its meds since 2010.Dr told now she's facing brain stroke, at the time of death she felt chill then sweat.
Question: I am sorry to hear this. Please re-submit so that we know what your question is. ...Read more
Does daily use of pde-5 inhibitors like viagra and levitra (vardenafil) is a risk for a male to be subjected to heart attack or stroke or sudden death? Help me please
Ck for: Underlying heart disease! If all negative, slow dow usage. Long life can follow 37 years- life of moderation usually a long happy one. ...Read more
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
Dead?: If by dead you mean no cardiac activity, you can sometimes be successfully resuscitated, but without adequate cpr, brain damage will start after 4 minutes. If by dead, you mean in an unresponsive state or coma, but circulation and respiration has been maintained, recovery can occur after months. ...Read more
My Brother-in-law died May 28th from a massive stroke. What are the chances that someone could be pronounced dead, but not be dead? Just curious.
Low: Chances are very low but not 0. It is rare that this happens that is why you see it on the news occasionally. Because it is so rare. ...Read more
I've got anxiety disorder n keep thinking im dying from a stroke. I have had stroke symptoms started 3 days ago, if it was real would I be dead by now?
Stroke symptoms?: You haven't shared the symptoms you're calling "stroke symptoms." if they've been going on for 3 days though, a medical evaluation is advisable. Not all strokes kill, but at age 25 strokes are unlikely. Hoping you're working with a psychiatrist on your anxiety issues. Psychotherapy is an important part of treatment for anxiety as well. ...Read more
The morning I woke up and my right arm felt dead. I tried to touch my face but missed several ones before I was able to. Stroke?
Probably not: It sounds like you may have slept on it and temporarily cut off some of your blood supply to that arm. If it reoccurs while awake, I would see a doc because there are other things besides stroke that can cause this too. If you are very concerned and have family history of stroke at a young age, I would see a doc! Be well. ...Read more
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Following an ischemic stroke would the dead area eventually appear with the same density as CSF on a CT scan?
My cousin's left shoulder down to her left leg are dead. Doc said it's not a stroke. I wonder what kind of disease is that? She has no injury but a little obese.
A: A number of organic and psychiatric conditions can cause numbness and/or weakness on one side of the body from the neck down. Neurological conditions that could cause such symptoms would include those that affect the spinal cord in the neck, and could include inflammatory / demyelinating conditions such as multiple sclerosis. ...Read more
Damage to brain: A stroke is generally term referred to impairment or loss of function of part of the brain. This happens when blood supply to that part of the brain is interrupted due to a blockage resulting from plaque build up and/ or blood clot. Also rupture of blood vessel causing bleeding in the brain can result in stroke. ...Read more
No bleeding: A dry or "ischemic" stroke is similar to a heart attack. A clot lodges in an artery to the brain which cuts of the blood supply causing damage to the brain. This is a stroke or a "brain attack". A "wet" stroke is a hemorrhage in the brain usually caused by either a malformation called and avm or an aneurysm or can also be called by uncontrolled hypertension. ...Read more
Cause of strokes: Strokes are caused by insufficient blood and oxygen flow to the brain. The common types of stroke are ischemic stroke (when blood flow is impeded) and hemorrhagic stroke (when a broken blood vessel leaks blood into the brain). Most strokes are related to high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes mellitus, high blood cholesterol and atrial fibrillation. ...Read more
Stroke: Mca stands for the middle cerebral artery which is one of the major arteries that provides vascular supply to the brain. If this artery should become block then it can cause a stroke in the brain. A stroke is loss of function n the form of speech, motor control of the body among other functions. ...Read more
Ischemic: A dry stroke is due to a cut off or reduction in circulation to a portion of the brain, usually due to closure of a blood vessel from a blood clot. This is different from a "wet stroke" in which a blood vessel break or is disrupted, causing bleeding or hemorrhage into the brain. ...Read more
Any age: A stroke can occur at any age when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Although more common with advancing age, diabetes, drug abuse, and penetrating neck injuries are examples of reasons for stroke in a younger age group. ...Read more