Previously published in examiner
Part 1 of the stroke series
The Montreal Neurological Institute is a world renowned research center and hospital specializing in the diseases of the brain. Montrealers are fortunate to be able to have such state of the art care for strokes.
What is a stroke?
A stroke happens when the bloods vessels are restricted, or blocked, and the flow of blood to the brain stops or is reduced, causing lack of oxygen and food to the brain and brain cell death. A stroke is a serious condition which requires immediate emergency care. The faster the treatment the lower the risk of permanent damage or death. Fortunately, Montrealers are taking better care of themselves by ceasing to smoking, and controlling their blood pressure and bad cholesterol There are now less cases of stroke then there were even 15 years ago.
Symptoms to watch out for: Difficulty in walking, dizziness, stumbling, loss of balance or coordination.
Difficulty with speaking or understanding, aphasia (not being able to use the right words, for example saying ball when you mean pajamas),slurring words, and confusion.
If you think you are experiencing a stroke try to say a simple sentence. If you cannot, alert a love one and get to the emergency immediately.
Other symptoms Montrealers could be experiencing would be: Numbness or paralysis on one side of the body, or face, and one side of the mouth may droop.
Try to raise both arms in the air above the head. If one starts to fall it could mean a stroke. Trouble with eyesight in one or both eyes,
seeing double, blurred vision, blackened vision.
Sudden severe headache accompanied by dizziness, altered consciousness or vomiting.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and feel you may be having a stroke call 911 or get to the emergency immediately. It is crucial to get treatment within the hour, the longer the delay, the more chance of permanent damage or death.
If another person is having a stroke, watch their symptoms carefully while waiting upon the ambulance. Mouth to mouth resuscitation will be necessary if the person has stopped breathing. To prevent choking from vomiting, make sure the person’s head it turned to the side. Do not let the person eat or drink.
It is important that everyone is familiar with the symptoms of stroke to prevent death and serious complications before they happen.