A stroke, also known as a "brain attack", occurs when blood flow is suddenly stopped to an area of the brain. If this lasts longer than a few seconds, the brain may suffer damage due to losing vital nutrients and oxygen to its cells. At Corrielus Cardiology, we take pride in our ability to not only diagnose and treat stroke victims, but to also provide the necessary patient education to prevent stroke. Our unwavering dedication to patient education about heart conditions has helped to prevent strokes and save lives in the Philadelphia community.
Symptoms & Causes of a Stroke
Since stroke is a very serious condition and one that requires immediate action, it is critical that you learn the risk factors and symptoms of stroke. Our heart and wellness center offers a number of patient education opportunities as well as stroke screenings to ensure you and your loved ones can avoid the nightmare of experiencing a stroke.
A major risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure, but it can also be attributed to an irregular heartbeat, diabetes and high cholesterol as well as your age, family history and ethnicity. Learning the warning signs of a stroke can be a dramatic indicator in how soon you get treatment and what your recovery entails.
Stroke symptoms can include a sudden onset of the following symptoms:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Severe headache with no known cause
The cause of a stroke determines which type of stroke you have, either ischemic stroke or hemorrhagic stroke. Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain. A hemorrhagic stroke develops when these blood vessels weaken or rupture. Dr. Corrielus is a highly skilled cardiologist who can accurately diagnose your stroke and pinpoint a cause.
Treatment of a Stroke
Time is of the essence when it comes to stroke treatment. In fact, every second counts. If you or your loved ones is experiencing stroke symptoms, call 911 and consider it a medical emergency.
Your stroke treatment is based on why the "brain attack" occurred. If the stroke is caused by a blood clot, a medication may be given to dissolve the clot. In other cases, blood thinners, special procedures, nutrients and fluids can be given. Above all, it is important to initiate treatment for any underlying condition or risk factor that caused the stroke, such as controlling high blood pressure or better managing diabetes. Since stroke is the leading cause of adult disability, we make sure our patients have access to a reputable rehabilitation program to carry out their full recovery.
To learn your risk factor for stroke, please contact us today to schedule an appointment at Corrielus Cardiology in Philadelphia. We can help you understand the importance of preventive heart care.