Many of us have heard of heart-attacks. Heart-attacks occur when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of the heart suddenly stops and the muscles in the heart can’t get the oxygen it needs to function. But, how many of you are aware that it is not just the heart that ceases to function when the oxygen supply is suddenly cut off. Even the brain, our center for thought and control, can also get an “attack”? Sounds scary, right? For millions of people around the world this is a disease that has either put them or their family in the path of disability and death.
One of the new drugs that have made an entry into the medical scene is a drug called Xarelto. Recently the FDA released information regarding this drug, and it can be viewed at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/drugs/drugsafety/ucm280333.pdf. The website xareltomedication.org is an absolute goldmine of information regarding this wonder drug, now being hailed as an effective preventer of strokes.
What Really Happens During A Stroke?
A stroke is a disease that can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, and at any time during the course of one’s life. As said earlier it occurs when the blood flow to an area of the brain is suddenly cut off. This can happen due to a number of reasons, the most notable ones being accidents and certain chronic disorders like the formation of blood clots.
The brain cells get affected by the lack of oxygen and start to die. We all know that the functions of our body, be it breathing, talking, thinking, etc., are all controlled and managed by the different areas in the brain. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities that were controlled by that area of the brain, be it cognitive skills or muscle control, are lost. The severity of the results of a stroke depends largely on the area in the brain and the amount of damage that was inflicted. People usually recover fast if the stoke was a minor one. They may suffer from a small amount of weakness, but that usually subsides after a while. But, the worst case scenario is when the person might become paralyzed, either on one side or both and may even lose the ability to speak.
What Are The Symptoms Of Stroke?
Strokes can occur at any time of the day. So, be sure to watch out for the following symptoms and contact a doctor, preferably a neurologist, at the earliest. The most common symptoms are:
A sudden and acute headache, accompanied by vomiting, nausea or dizziness.
Trouble thinking clearly along with an inability to understand situations and a sense of confusion.
Trouble with the formation of words coupled with slurring of speech.
Development of a very sudden feeling of numbness or weakness in any part of the body or paralysis in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of your body. While smiling, one side may appear to droop downwards.
Occurrence of vision problems in either one or both eyes. Usually a blurred or double vision will be seen by the patient.
Loss of coordination and balance, which drastically affect the person’s ability to walk.