Jul 15, 2021
Stroke is an abrupt interruption of constant blood flow to the brain that causes loss of neurological function. The interruption of blood flow can be caused by a blockage, leading to the more common ischemic stroke, or by bleeding in the brain, leading to the more deadly hemorrhagic stroke. Stroke often occurs with little or no warning, and the results can be devastating. Recognizing the symptoms, which may appear without prior warning, is a key factor for the rehabilitation.
Dr. David Schick, a Neurology Specialist in New York, points out: “In the event of a cerebrovascular attack, the earlier the care, the more possibility the patient has of having no damage or minor damage. Today we have effective treatments that change the prognosis, but we need people to pay attention to the symptoms and seek medical attention immediately; therefore, the call is to be informed and take advantage of these awareness-raising instances”.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of premature death in United States, and the second worldwide. It is the most common cause of adult disability. Each year approximately 795,000 Americans have a stroke, with about 160,000 dying from stroke-related causes. Neurologist David Schick from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is committed to reducing that burden through research and education.
Although anyone can suffer a stroke, high blood pressure, high blood glucose and cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and alcohol consumption are important factors in preventing more than 90% of strokes, which - if treated in time - may have a lower risk of brain damage. Therefore, educating about the relevance of its early detection and adequate treatment is essential.
Understanding the factors that increase your risk of a stroke and recognizing the symptoms may help you prevent a stroke. Receiving early diagnosis and treatment may improve your chances for complete recovery. Rehabilitation following a stroke may involve a number of medical specialists; but the early diagnosis of a stroke, its treatment or its prevention can be undertaken by a neurosurgeon.