What is it?

A stroke happens when blood supply to a part of the brain is blocked either due to a blocked blood vessel. Blood normally brings oxygen and nutritions to the braincells and takes away waste products. Because braincells die after being devoid of blood for a couple of hours it is important to start treatment, if possible, as soon as possible.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms depend on the location of the blocked blood vessel or bleeding, and may include:

  • Trouble speaking.
  • A weakness of the muscles, usually on one side of the body.
  • A weakness in the face muscles causing a droopy mouth.
  • Lack of coordination when moving arms or legs.
  • Double vision and trouble speaking.

Symptoms may be permanent or can improve partially during the first year after a stroke.

What to expect?

If you are diagnosed with a stroke you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor after the initial treatment:

  • Do you need a stricter control of other medical conditions you may have, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol?
  • Some patients with a stroke are prescribed medication they will need to use lifelong. Is this the case for you as well?
  • A healthy diet and an active lifestyle can help in preventing another stroke. Which changes can you make in your life style?
  • Quitting smoking is very important in preventing another stroke. Are you open to stop smoking? Is your doctor able to support you with this?

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