Why is it important to have stroke victims evaluated quickly?

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With a stroke, "time is brain," that is, with each passing moment more brain cells might be lost.

Doctors also must decide whether the symptoms the patient is experiencing are actually those of a stroke, or some other condition. About 25 percent of patients who are experiencing stroke symptoms are actually not having a stroke. Migraines have similar symptoms and weakness in the body also might be due to a brain tumor or nerve injury.

Even after determining the patient is suffering from a stroke, the doctors must decide whether it is a hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke. The treatment goals are entirely different. A CT scan will detect hemorrhaging, while an MRI will spot clots.

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Effects of Stroke

Effects of Stroke

A stroke can leave someone disabled or even cause death if not treated in time. Complications may depend on the type of stroke, but brain damage is likely to occur because the blood supply to the brain has been interrupted. Some e...

ffects of stroke include difficulty communicating, memory loss, paralysis, difficulty walking, seizures, urinary tract infections and bladder control issues, depression and increased risk of another stroke. To reduce damage, getting a stroke victim help as soon as possible is key. Doctors will treat based on the type of stroke, hemorrhagic or ischemic. Learn more about the permanent and temporary effects of stroke with expert advice from Sharecare.
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