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How does stroke speech therapy work?

How does stroke speech therapy work?

Trains new paths: There are pathways in the brain that conduct spoech a stroke affects these areas. Therapy establishes new paths. ...Read more

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How do you know if a headache is normal, or if it is a symptom of a stroke?

How do you know if a headache is normal, or if it is a symptom of a stroke?

Usually not painful: There are two types of stroke, ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes are from a lack of blood flow. Hemorrhagic strokes are from bleeding into the brain. To recognize a stroke, look for asymmetry in the face, difficulty with speaking and weakness on one side of the body. While hemorrhagic strokes can cause pain, ischemic strokes are more common and are not painful. ...Read more

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Please describe the warning signs of a stroke?

Please describe the warning signs of a stroke?

NINDS website: Check the national institute for neurological disorders and stroke (ninds) for this info, the link is http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/stroke/knowstroke.Htm different from heart attacks, most strokes don't hurt. Patients often show up too late. Severe headaches may indicate hemorrhagic stroke or aneurysm rupture. If in doubt, go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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Is a PFO just a diagnosis of exclusion for stroke/tia seeing as 25% of population have it anyway or is it a real risk and needs to be closed ?

Yes and no: Yes its an exclusionary diagnosis. No real good evidence that closure is beneficial. A recent study published in new england journal of med. Noted no real benefits. ...Read more

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How do non contrast CT scans detect strokes? I was wondering how non contrast CT scans help diagnose strokes, since the non contrast would means that the parts of the brain with and without blood would all look the same, right?

How do non contrast CT scans detect strokes? I was wondering how non contrast CT scans help diagnose strokes, since the non contrast would means that the parts of the brain with and without blood would all look the same, right?

A screening test: The earliest sign of a stoke on a ct scan is edema or swelling of the part of the brain that had the stroke. It may take several hours for this to show up on a ct scan, but ct scans are widely available 24/7, while MRI may not be. Ct can will show if the stroke is hemorrhagic, which will mean that treating the stroke with tpa (alteplase) is contraindicated. ...Read more

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What causes dizziness and a feeling of not being well numbness in finger tips pain in thigh.Stroke test negative vertigo negative?

What causes dizziness and a feeling of not being well numbness in finger tips pain in thigh.Stroke test negative vertigo negative?

Hard to say: The combination of dizziness, malaise, and numbness in the fingertips can all be due to hyperventilation/anxiety disorder. This is a diagnosis of exclusion however. There are neurologic disorders that can do this that are, thankfully, rare: multiple sclerosis comes to mind. Stay under the care of your doctor until it is resolved. ...Read more

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Please describe tests for recurrent stroke.?

Please describe tests for recurrent stroke.?

Stroke: Recurrent stroke assessment requires that a first assessment, complete with a good neurological exam and ct/mri data be complete. Judging a recurrent event means comparing one's status to previous. Symptoms of a new stroke coupled with physical/neurological signs, and a change on available imaging completes the diagnosis. ...Read more

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After a stroke, a person cannot name an object but knows how to use it. what general region of brain is li?

After a stroke, a person cannot name an object but knows how to use it. what general region of brain is li?

You MAY have a: neurological condition called aphasia. Please see your doc, who will probably refer you to a neurologist for help and support. A neuropsychologist can test and tell you strength and weakness areas and how to cope the best. Peace and good health. ...Read more