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What is the difference between a seizure and a mini stroke?

What is the difference between a seizure and a mini stroke?

Different: Simply put, a seizure is an abnormal electrical activity of the brain. Tia is caused by disruption in blood flow to a part of the brain causing temporary impaired function.

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What is the difference between a stroke and a seizure?

What is the difference between a stroke and a seizure?

Much difference: A seizure is a sudden electrical surge in the brain usually related to brain malformation or dysplasia. Seizures can also be related to tumors or metastasis in the brain. Damage to brain by trauma, ischemia, and metabolic disorders can also result in seizure. Stroke is usually from blood vessel clot or narrowing due to atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and hemorrhage from aneurysm.

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Will the seizure and jerking ever stop its been 4 years since small stroke 4 hours since last seizure im told by daughter?

Will the seizure and jerking ever stop its been 4 years since small stroke 4 hours since last seizure im told by daughter?

Some directions: The stroke seemingly is the underlying culprit, but your daughter needs far better seizure control. Many medications are available, and if part of the jerking involves myoclonus, you might find added success with Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) but other drugs may help. In some cases, if more than three drugs have been used without significant benefit, might consider a vagal nerve stim unit.

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Can you explain the differences between a stroke, TIA, seizure, and syncope?

Can you explain the differences between a stroke, TIA, seizure, and syncope?

Differences: Stroke is brain damage related to decreased blood flow to the brain. Symptoms vary depending on where in the brain the damage is done. TIA is symptoms like stroke that go away. It can be a warning sign of increased risk for stroke. Seizure is caused by a focus of abnormal electrical activity in the brain; symptoms depend on the location in the brain of that activity. Syncope is fainting.

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Husband diagnosed with focal seizures, and continuing mini strokes. What would be the best course of action, to keep him safe?

Husband diagnosed with focal seizures, and continuing mini strokes. What would be the best course of action, to keep him safe?

Need a diagnosis: Your husband needs a diagnosis, i.e. a reason why he is having seizures and mini strokes. There are multiple possibilities and you are not giving any further information so I am not going to speculate. I would agree with the recommendation for a neurologist but most importantly a workup needs to happen.

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I had eclampsia when I had my daughter 15 years ago I had seizures blindness and 5 mini strokes do u think im going to have more health issues?

I had eclampsia when I had my daughter 15 years ago I had seizures blindness and 5 mini strokes do u think im going to have more health issues?

Already serious issu: You have already experienced serious constelation of problems from eclampsia. You did not indicate what your condition is now. That would be very important, for instance are you still having seizures. The complications of eclampsia cause long term problems based on the problems that have persisted.

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Can a stroke cause a seizure without losing consciousness?

Simple vs complex: Complex seizures are ones that impair one's level of consciousness. Simple ones do not. Different strokes could cause one or the other, depending on how large and where the stroke is.

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What exactly does it mean if a stroke victim has a seizure?

What exactly does it mean if a stroke victim has a seizure?

Not rare: In the older age group, seizures are often caused by cerebrovascular disease, and needs preventative treatment. Many anti-epileptic drugs are useful, but since older folks take multiple meds, best to find one without drug-drug interactions, such as lyrica, keppra, vimpat, (lacosamide) neurontin, etc.

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What exactly does it mean if a stroke victim has a seizure?

What exactly does it mean if a stroke victim has a seizure?

Not unusual: Approx 10% of stroke patients have seizures within 5 years after a stroke. Some of these patients have multiple seizure episodes, and are diagnosed with post-stroke epilepsy. Seizures soon after stroke may be related to blood product irritation (hemorrhagic strokes) or related to decreased blood flow, hypoxia (low oxygen) or other factors for ischemic (embolic) stroke.

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My mum has been having seizures. And it usually looks like stroke but it isn't cos d seizures stop and she goes back to normal but is weak? What is it

Postictal state: Postictal state is the definition of the symptoms you describe of being very fatigued after the seizure. Patients are often confused for a time as well. Seizures are serious and your mom should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible. If seizures are new for her, there is likely some type of new brain abnormality.

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What medical condition causes a heat stroke and seizure?

What medical condition causes a heat stroke and seizure?

Probably dehydration: Dehydration occurs with prolonged exertion in hot conditions. This can cause loss of consciousness, heat stroke, or even seizure. Infection and high fever may also cause a seizure, but not heat stroke.

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How could a stroke/seizure cause some loss of memory?

Interrupts nerve fun: Seizures are caused by elctrical discharges through pat or all of the central nervous system. These discharges interrupt normal transmission through the brain and interfere with normal brain function; i.e. Thninking, cocentrating, remembering, as well as motor, speech and other brain activities.

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Can everyday migraines lead to seizures or stroke?

Can everyday migraines lead to seizures or stroke?

Well: You have to find the cause of the headache. You should go see doctor for it is not normal to have headache everyday and there could be many things that have to be ruled out to find the cause of the headache. Depending on the cause it is possible to have more serious issues line seizure or stroke

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I know that the fight or flight response is for our body's safety, so does that mean strokes, seizures, ect, are less likely to happen during panic?

I know that the fight or flight response is for our body's safety, so does that mean strokes, seizures, ect, are less likely to happen during panic?

There is no evidence: To support that. The third. "f" is. Freeze, which is extremely common in humans. The stress response is designed for survival, but nothing can guarantee safety. While there is no evidence that panic directly causes heart attacks or strokes, there is also no evidence of a protective effect. A book on panic noted a man who thought he was panicking was told by his doctor that he was having a heart attack, to which the man responded "thank god, I thought my panic disorder was coming back".This should give everyone pause to think about how severe panic can be and how frightening it can be the person who is going through it.

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When my daughter was born she had a stroke in me they gave her a reservoir and it not used I need to find someone that will remove it causes seizures?

When my daughter was born she had a stroke in me they gave her a reservoir and it not used I need to find someone that will remove it causes seizures?

Pediatric neurolo-: Gists & neurosurgeons like those at primary children's in slc would need to review your daughter's medical records, including copies of all mri's of the brain & eeg's (not just the reports), head & body growth charts, results of genetic & other lab tests, developmental/academic testing & progress reports, then evaluate her themselves to determine the benefits vs. Risks of brain surgery.

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My dad is 60 years old he had 5 strokes so far and two days ago he had a seizure. What should we do for him? The E.R. did not give him any medication.

Should treat this: Although seizures are not normally dangerous- these are things to consider: 1. He should not drive (a seizure makes that dangerous) 2. He should use medication to prevent seizures, since he may have another one 3. stroke risk factors should be addressed A commonly used medicine for this scenario is levetiracetam (keppra)

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