Stroke – CVA in Dallas, TX
When blood flow to the brain is stopped or significantly reduced, the result can be a stroke. That’s because without blood flow, oxygen is unable to reach the brain, thereby inhibiting its function. This, in turn, can cause brain cells to become severely damaged or even die off. Patients who experience a stroke are subject to permanent loss of certain bodily functions, coma or even death.
Strokes require immediate medical attention if their impact is to be minimized. Patients have the best chance of surviving a stroke and also recover much faster whenever care is given within a few hours. Even when care is given immediately, it can sometimes take several months of rehabilitation in order to fully recover from its effects.
The brain is the body’s control center and is responsible for controlling both your physical and mental capabilities. In addition, it is also responsible for controlling certain life-sustaining functions such as heartbeat, breathing, metabolism and blood pressure. In order to perform these life-essential tasks, cells in the brain must receive an adequate supply of oxygen.
Oxygen is carried to the brain via red blood cells, which travel from your heart through your arteries. These arteries branch off in several locations inside your brain. They also form what is known as the “circle of Willis” in the center of your brain. A number of strokes happen whenever oxygenated blood is unable to reach this vital area.
Complications of Stroke
Each person will react differently to a stroke. Some people are wholly unable to care for themselves after suffering a stroke, while others will only require assistance with certain tasks. In some cases, a stroke results in only a temporary disability, while other times the effects are permanent. In either case, those who have experienced a stroke once are at a higher risk for suffering from one again.
Some typical complications of stroke can include, but are not limited to:
- Difficulty processing thoughts
- Inappropriate or unusual displays of emotion
- Anger or frustration
- Unusual changes in behavior
- Problems with memory or problem solving
- Lack of good judgment
- Difficulty speaking
- Lack of muscle control (may occur only on one side of the body)
- Visual neglect, which involves being able to see only half of the things around someone
- Loss of physical sensations
- Noticeable changes to the ability to smell or taste
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.
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