When the blood supply to your brain is reduced or blocked, a stroke occurs, and when it does, it’s a medical emergency. The faster you’re treated, the better chance you have for recovery. After a stroke, Sabri Malek, MD, FIPP, can work with you to develop a care management plan at Hospice and Palliative Care of California and then oversee your rehabilitation program. If you or a loved one has had a stroke, call the office in Pasadena, California, or book an appointment online.
What happens when I have a stroke?
There are two types of stroke, and 80% of the time, they happen because of blocked arteries, called ischemic strokes.
These result from blood clots either in the arteries supplying the brain (thrombotic stroke), or from a clot that forms elsewhere in the body but breaks away and lodges in a narrow artery closer to your brain (embolic stroke).
Hemorrhagic stroke is less common, occurring when a blood vessel in your brain ruptures, due to hypertension, aneurysms, or heavy use of blood thinners that prevent natural clotting.
Intracerebral hemorrhage occurs within the brain, damaging brain tissue and depriving other cells beyond the leak of fresh blood flow. Subarachnoid hemorrhage results in blood filling the space between your brain and skull, often accompanied by a severe headache that starts suddenly.
A transient ischemic attack, or TIA, is a temporary event that’s sometimes called a ministroke. The symptoms are similar to a regular ischemic stroke, but the effects are temporary and you don’t suffer permanent tissue damage.
Even though the symptoms are short-lived, seek medical attention since there’s no way to distinguish a TIA from an ischemic stroke by symptoms alone.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
Classic signs of stroke or TIA include:
- Slurred speech or trouble understanding others’ speech
- Sudden lack of coordination or trouble walking
- Paralysis or weakness in an arm or leg, typically on one side of your body
- Paralysis or numbness in your face, also usually on one side only
- Problems with your eyesight, including blurred, lost, or double vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden and severe headache that may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or dizziness
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to get help right away.
How is recovery managed after a stroke?
Hospice and Palliative Care of California aims to provide comfort and supportive care for stroke patients.
The team at Hospice and Palliative Care of California may recommend rehabilitation programs that consider your overall health and the amount of disability resulting from the stroke. Your stroke recovery will be unique, and not everyone responds to therapy in the same way.
To learn more and talk to the team at Hospice and Palliative Care of California, call the office or book an appointment online.