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. When a patient has a stroke, part of their brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients caused by a blood flow problem, usually in the form of a Clot, Hemorrhage, or both.
WHAT ARE SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF STROKES?
Common symptoms of strokes include:
Slurred speech, inability to comprehend language or communicate
Headache, sometimes paired with vomiting
Paralysis; we often see one side of the face drooping or an asymmetrical ability to use mirrored body parts (such as arms or legs), often making walking difficult
Blurred vision, double vision, or blacked vision in one or both eyes
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.