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Doctor insights on: Stroke Survivers Meetings In Northampton

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How many strokes can you have and survive?

How many strokes can you have and survive?

The answer varies: There is not a single answer to this question.

It may be a person can survive more than ten strokes, or die after just one. It really depends on where they are, how large they are, and whether any bleeding or recovery occurs. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to survive multiple strokes?

Is it unusual to survive multiple strokes?

Actually common: With our current stroke treatment medications and rehab steps, we not only can prevent many strokes, but also can restore patients to improved functioning. A number of patients experience several very small "lacunar" lesions which cause impairment but not death. ...Read more

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Is it possible to survive a stroke without receiving medical attention?

Is it possible to survive a stroke without receiving medical attention?

Yes: Especially if small lacunar stroke, but best, if any suspicion to get medical attention as some strokes are clearly reversible. ...Read more

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How quick after stroke should treatment start so that a patient can survive?

How quick after stroke should treatment start so that a patient can survive?

Soon: Survival after stroke depends on many factors, mostly on the size of stroke and complications (pneumonia, bleeding etc). Acute therapy for stroke (clot busting medication) should be given within first 4.5 hours of stroke onset. It can potentially help to halt the stroke and improve outcome. ...Read more

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What are the stroke survival rates for moderate stroke with brain occlusion?

Variable: It is hard to answer your question as survival rates or life expectancy after a "moderate stroke" would depend on the underlying cause, the type of stroke, ie embolic, lacunar, hemorrhagic, and the location of the injury. Adjusting your underlying risk factors for stroke and optimizing your medical care are key to lowering your risk for future stroke. ...Read more

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Can a 95 year old survive a bleeding stroke if also dementia?

Can a 95 year old survive a bleeding stroke if also dementia?

Survival: Survival is not related to the quality of life. If the bleed is external to the brain, the pt will possibly survive but the dementia would likely not improve. The quality of life is very likely going to decline after a severe brain bleed. ...Read more

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Is it possible to survive a heat stroke without medical care?

Is it possible to survive a heat stroke without medical care?

No: True heat stroke is a life-thratening event in which body temperature rises to abnormally high levels plus organ failure begins. Rescue requires rapid body temperature reduction, (intravenous) hydration, and sometimes specific medications. It is doubtful that this is survivable without care. Heat syncope is a milder condition. More easily resolved. ...Read more

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Is it possible to survive a hemorrhage stroke when the bleeding is already 5 centimeters & still bleeding?

Is it possible to survive a hemorrhage stroke when the bleeding is already 5 centimeters & still bleeding?

Yes: The long term result depends on the amount of brain damage that occurs. Very small strokes can kill and sometimes large strokes can be recovered from. ...Read more

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Can you survive a stroke if there is bleeding in the brain?

Can you survive a stroke if there is bleeding in the brain?

Absolutely: Neurosurgeons are consulted on every brain hemorrhage that enters a hospital.
Most of the patients with intracerebral hemorrhages survive- although their symptoms will vary by the location and size of their stroke. Mortality is significantly elevated in large hemorrhages. Aneurysm hemorrhage has a high mortality. Subdural hemorrhages are often not fatal. ...Read more

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How long can a 70 year old survive with stage 3 kidney failure and a bad heart that is not taking meds and recently had a stroke?

How long can a 70 year old survive with stage 3 kidney failure and a bad heart that is not taking meds and recently had a stroke?

Possibly years: Chronic kidney disease stage 3 is unfortunately very common. Even without medications if eating a healthy diet and by activity is able to control blood pressure and sugar levels may be able to slghtly delay progression. A bad heart and stroke however does increase dramatically the risk of a acute crisis developing that can be fatal or rapid progression to end-stage heart failure or kidney disease. ...Read more

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What type of stroke causes bleeding in the brain? What is the survival rate?

What type of stroke causes bleeding in the brain? What is the survival rate?

Many causes: Hemorrhagic stroke can happen from severe elevation in blood pressure (most common), or from an ischemic stroke transforming into a hemorrhagic, or a subarachnoid hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm, or from an AVM (arteriovenous malformation), or a large cortical brain hemorrhage from an amyloid angiopathy (in elderly with dementia) etc etc ...Read more

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What is the survival rate, with no stroke or brain side effect, of this procedure carotid endarterectomy?

Excellent: National statistical risk of stroke following carotid endarterectomy is quoted at 2-3%. If you have had stroke symptoms leading up to surgery, that risk doubles. ...Read more

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Elderly lady had stroke due to blood clot. Has brain swelling. In a coma. Stroke induced. Chances of survival?

Elderly lady had stroke due to blood clot. Has brain swelling. In a coma. Stroke induced. Chances of survival?

Hard to say: The pre-illness health, speed of recognition and early care all play into this status. The physicians at the bedside have a better access to the information needed to answer this question. ...Read more

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What is stroke?

What is stroke?

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

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What is stroke?

What is stroke?

Stroke: Two type of stroke:
hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke
ischemic (non-bleeding) stroke

common symptoms:
speech difficulty
loss of speech
double vision
focal weakness
focal numbness
imbalance
memory loss
facial weakness (abnormal face). ...Read more

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What is dry stroke?

What is dry stroke?

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

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What causes strokes?

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

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What is a MCA stroke?

What is a MCA stroke?

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

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What is a dry stroke?

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

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Conmon age for stroke?

Conmon age for stroke?

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

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What does stroke mean?

Brain attack: 2 kinds of stroke: ischemic or hemorrhagic. Ischemic (either thrombotic or embolic) is like a clogged drain in your house. Hemorrhagic is like a burst pipe. In either case, you don't get water flowing where you need it. Same w/stroke - you lose blood flow to vital areas in your brain (are there non-vital areas?). Without blood flow, brain dies. So if you think you're having a stroke, call 911. ...Read more

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What are "mini strokes"?

What are "mini strokes"?

Mini stroke = TIA: A mini stroke, or TIA, is a stroke - a stroke with symptoms lasting less than 24 hours. This could be weakness of an arm or leg, numbness of the face, arm and leg, double vision, etc. A mini stroke or TIA cannot be determined by testing, it is a clinical diagnosis. The cause of a TIA is the same as for a regular stroke. Blood pressure and smoking are important risk factors. ...Read more

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Can weed causes strokes?

Can weed causes strokes?

Minimal data: There's a report of binge smoking in adolescents who were irregular users of mj, having cerebellar strokes because of the binge. 2 died. There is a report that smoking mj is protective like aspirin. But mj causes vasoconstriction & fluctuations in arterial spasming that may contribute to a stroke in a susceptible person. No good data either way. Best not to smoke anything and mitigate your risks. ...Read more

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What causes mini strokes?

What causes mini strokes?

Mini strokes: Mini strokes, or TIAs, are caused by the same things that cause regular strokes. Here are the common causes:

smoking
high blood pressure
atrial fibrillation
high blood sugar
arterial disease / atherosclerosis
high blood cholesterol ...Read more

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What to do about stroke?

Stroke: Once a stroke occurs the focus needs to be on rehab and prevention. The sooner you begin rehab, the more likely you are to regain abilities. Also proper blood pressure and cholesterol control as well as improved lifestyle - ie improved diet/exercise are needed to prevent another from happening. This should all be done under the watchful eye of your physician - may benefit from medicine as well. ...Read more

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How is a stroke diagnosed?

How is a stroke diagnosed?

By the neurologist: It needs history, physical examination, lab and xray testing and frequent monitoring of the patient's symtoms by the nursing staff. ...Read more

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What are sympt of stroke?

Many?!!: Stroke is the name given to a sudden vascular event in the central nervous system, the symptoms depend on the site of the lesion, from sudden onset of weakness usually focal, to sudden onset of visual, hearing, balance problems, facial asymmetry or altered mental status. The list is long and the symptoms variable. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for stroke?

Who is at risk for stroke?

Lots of people: Diabetics, anyone with cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure not controlled, high cholesterol especially with known plaques, those with a strong family history, atrial fibrillation, mechanical valves and more. ...Read more