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Symptoms Of Strokes
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|What Are The Symptoms Of Stroke?
There are two types of strokes: ischemic stroke and hemorrhage stroke (images). Ischemic strokes account for 80 percent of all strokes and produce the classic symptoms associated with stroke including weakness of the face or arm, severe headaches and confusion. Hemorrhage strokes on the other hand are more likely to cause vomiting and headaches and symptoms develop over a few minutes or hours, whereas ischemic symptoms develop suddenly. It is important to recognize the signs of a stroke quickly because stroke treatment needs to be applied within 3 hours to be effective.
All signs occur suddenly:
Where an ischemic stroke strikes suddenly (due to a sudden blood clot), hemorrhages can build up over a few minutes or hours as blood gradually seeps into the brain causing swelling and damage. Classic symptoms of hemorrhage strokes include:
One study showed that strokes were detected in about 71 of every 100,000 deliveries. The risk of stroke increases 47 percent before childbirth and rises to 83 percent in the 12 week postpartum period after birth. Stroke risk factors increase during pregnancy partly because of the higher volume of blood being pumped through the veins but also because of the increased risk of high blood pressure, blood clots and migraines (see causes of stroke). According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, pregnant women should seek help if they experience sudden:
Effects of stroke: This depends on which part of the brain is affected. Different types of strokes can affect different functions such as speech, movement or mental processing, depending on the area of the brain which is starved of blood and oxygen. The longer brain cells (or any cells in the body) are starved of blood the more likely they are to die, losing permanent function. If the area of damage is extensive or in a particularly sensitive place - such as the part of the brain that controls breathing (pons) - full recovery is very unlikely. Many people affected in this way develop pneumonia and die. And if they do survive they have a time of severe disability ahead of them. If you have suffered a mini stroke, consider it a warning. Mini stroke produces stroke-like symptoms but do not cause permanent damage. The condition resolves on its own within 24 hours.
Damage to the left side of the brain can result in paralysis of the right side of the body. Conversely damage to the right side, paralyzes the left side. Stroke rehabilitation is an important part of the recovery process.
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