Different Strokes

And how to treat them. Strokes can be prevented if you heed the warning signs

10/10/2016 5:07:24 PM
written By : Dr Digamber Naik Print

Once you reach the age of 60, it’s natural to be worried about the risk of a stroke. Yes, it’s a threat we face as we grow older. But if we monitor our health carefully, we will realise a stroke does not strike suddenly. There are advance warnings. If we pick up these telltale signs, we can definitely prevent a stroke.

A stroke occurs when the vessel supplying blood to the brain is either blocked or ruptured and that part of the brain dies for lack of blood and the nutrition it needs. There are two types of strokes -- thrombosis and haemorrhage. Unfortunately, many of us realise someone has had a stroke only when his hand or leg is paralysed or when he can’t speak any more. But this doesn’t happen overnight. Every area of the brain is responsible for some function of the body including intelligence, balance, speech, memory and cognitive function, which may decay gradually, eading  to major life-threatening strokes.  When your physician examines you after the age of 60, he should be able to pick up the danger signs in time to prevent a stroke.

When a person suffers a stroke, it could be either a clot or a haemorrhage. If there is a clot, we have to dissolve it by making the blood thin or non-coagulable. If there is a haemorhage, we have to do the opposite to stop the bleeding. There are good treatments available for both types of strokes, but we have to detect the symptoms early. Every minute millions of brain cells are dying, hence every minute counts in the process of recovery. There are various ways to differentiate between a clot and a haemorrhage, but the best and easiest method is to do a CT scan of the brain before starting treatment. So, if you have a stroke patient, please take him to the nearest hospital for a CT scan.

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