Different Strokes For Different Folks
WHAT IS A STROKE?
When a patient comes to our practitioners with a stroke, many don't know what strokes are and how we fix them. They're our specialty!
Strokes are the No. 5 cause of medically related deaths in the United States. A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is a medical emergency that occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is disrupted or blocked, resulting in the death of brain cells. A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is a medical emergency that occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is disrupted or blocked, resulting in the death of brain cells. Strokes can be characterized as Ischemic, Hemorrhaege or both.
WHAT ARE SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF STROKES?
The symptoms of a stroke can vary depending on which part of the brain is affected, but they typically include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and a sudden severe headache with no known cause.
It is essential to seek immediate medical attention if someone experiences these symptoms, as early treatment can significantly improve the chances of recovery and minimize the long-term effects of the stroke.
WHAT IS AN ISCHEMIC STROKE (CLOT)?
A clot is when blood collects and sticks together, blocking a pathway. Clotting is a natural thing to happen for wounds and often helps prevent undesired bleeding. However, clot-forming in the brain can cause a blockage in the blood flow in crucial veins and arteries. The process of clots blocking blood flow is called thrombosis.
WHAT IS A HEMORRHAGE?
Hemorrhaging happens when a tear in a vein or artery causes internal bleeding. In our patients, a hemorrhage often prevents blood from getting to the parts of the brain where it is most needed.
WHAT IS STENOSIS?
Stenosis is the narrowing of vessels in the brain that restricts blood flow, often due to plaque buildup.
WHAT IS AVM?
AVM, or Arteriovenous Malformation, is when the veins get tangled and cause blood flow issues.
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A Cerebral Angiogram is a minimally invasive procedure used by our doctors to image the blood flow of a patient in the brain. Our trained physicians insert a catheter through the femoral arteries and expertly guide it towards the brain using x-ray dye. From a cerebral Angiogram, our doctors can perceive aneurysms, hemorrhages, clots, and other vascular and cerebral blood flow issues.