Stroke Questions

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  1. Is confused language a side effect of a stroke and can it be restored?

    The left side of your brain is the area that controls language; the ability to understand and speak. A stroke can affect these areas and result in a language impairment called aphasia. This can be very frustrating for your dad and family if you all are unable to communicate basic needs. I recomme...
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  2. What can be done to help dad walk again?

    Hello, It sounds like your father was being treated for cellulitis which can sometimes be resistant to antibiotics, dependent upon the type of infection that is present. Most concerning from your description is the fact that his leg is getting worse with increased redness and swelling and pain. In t...
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  3. s random itching a common thing after stroke?

    Hello, I can only imagine how difficult this must be for both you and your mother. I have indeed encountered this phenomenon before with patient that have had ischemic strokes affecting the thalamus. The thalamus is located midline in the brain and transmits sensory information to the primary cortex...
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  4. What's the difference between TIA and stroke?

    The main difference is that a TIA (what some people cause a ministroke) doesn't cause lasting damage. A TIA, which stands for transient ischemc attack, and a stroke are caused by the same problem: blood clots that lodge in the brain. But some people get lucky and recover quickly without any lasting ...
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  5. What Is Carotid Artery Disease?

    Carotid artery disease is what happens when the carotid arteries -- a pair of major arteries running up either side of the neck that carry blood to the brain -- fill up with plaque, becoming narrower and restricting blood flow. The condition is called carotid artery occlusive disease, and it often h...
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  6. What Is a Major Stroke?

    The term major stroke is used to distinguish a full-blown stroke from a minor stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA is essentially a temporary stroke that resolves on its own without causing permanent damage. When doctors say someone suffered a major stroke, they really just mean a strok...
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  7. Is Surgery the Best Treatment for Carotid Artery Disease?

    Your best bet is probably to use the same criteria most doctors use. For starters, we look at just how badly the artery is blocked. If the artery is more than 80 percent blocked, surgery may be the best option. However, there are many other factors to look at. The procedure itself is risky -- it can...
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  8. What can I do about my mother, who is being verbally abusive due to a stroke?

    This is a tricky issue. It sounds like your mother’s stroke did damage to the behavior centers in the brain. If she is extremely verbally abusive to you and your children, you should make every effort to have her moved to a more supervised setting, such as an assisted living center or nursing home. ...
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  9. Are my headaches and feeling like I can't breathe related to my stroke?

    Headaches are somewhat of a rare complication of stroke - in my experience, more commonly seen with "bleeding" strokes than with "clotting" strokes. When they occur, they can indicate swelling, bleeding, artery tearing, clotting in the veins, or a very tight (nearly occluded) artery. Anytime someo...
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  10. Are tremors likely after a stroke?

    The answer to this question depends on what you mean by "tremors". That term makes me think of two different possibilities - seizures or clonus.
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  11. Will he recover from this stroke?

    Unfortunately, I don't have a great answer for you. Recovery after a stroke is notoriously hard to predict. The only rule that is almost always true is that the patient should not get worse over time. Beyond that, some people make no recovery, some people make a moderate recovery, and some people...
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  12. What is a RIND stroke?

    RIND stands for "Reversible Ischemic Neurological Deficit". It is a term that is not widely used anymore. In layman's terms, it means a stroke that the patient was able to fully recover from within a few weeks. This is opposed to a TIA, or "Transient Ischemic Attack", in which the patient recover...
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  13. After my stroke, I lost my sense of taste. Will this change?

    I have heard a few people tell me that they lost their sense of taste after a stroke. In general, I think of this as being similar to other deficits after a stroke. Gauging how much and how quickly an improvement will occur is very difficult.
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  14. Is it better to bring him home or force him to stay in rehab?

    Dear DadandMe: It sounds as if you are under pressure to make a serious decision about continuing rehab at home instead of in the rehab center. I'm sorry you must struggle with this question, for which there is no simple answer.
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  15. After a stroke, are seizures normal?

    Seizures after a stroke are not too uncommon, and can present long after the initial stroke occurred. They are due to scarring of the normal pathways in the brain - I often compare this to an electrical fire in a building with damaged wires. And, at his age, it is not unrealistic to think that the...
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  16. Is loss of appetite normal as you age?

    It is true that our appetite declines as we age. There are many possible explanations for this, among them a decrease in activity or energy levels and a declining sense of taste and smell "“ both of which will impact appetite. A decrease in appetite is also a side effect of some medications. The s...
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  17. Does this really represent no brain activity after a stroke?

    Let me first start by saying that as a stroke physician, I typically do not see patients with ruptured aneurysms - they are more commonly followed by Neurosurgeons - so please take this answer with "a grain of salt", so to speak.
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  18. Is it safe to give massages to a stroke patient?

    Yes, perfectly safe, and I encourage you to continue. Often times, stroke patients find this very soothing and helpful. It helps loosen up their tight muscles, and may even help wake up some of the sensory pathways.
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  19. What is the difference between a mini stroke and Bell's palsy?

    Bell's Palsy and stroke are quite different. A Bell's Palsy occurs when there is damage to the facial nerve. The facial nerve controls the movement of most muscles of face. There are two facial nerves, one on the right, one on the left. When damage occurs to the nerve, the entire side of the fac...
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  20. Is vision therapy after a stroke a waste of time?

    Before talking about "stroke therapy" and "vision therapy" for your grandma,you need to know that vision loss from a stroke is not vision loss in one eye as you have indicated; rather if your grandma's vision loss is from the stroke, which is likely is, then she has lost the right half of her field ...
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