21:53 - 4 May , 2021


What is Stroke?

This condition, which represents one of the leading causes of death and disability in adults, occurs when brain blood flow stops, and its cells begin to die as they no longer receive the oxygen necessary for their proper functioning. A stroke is an extremely serious event that requires urgent medical attention, since every minute, from the onset of symptoms to treatment, is essential to reduce brain damage and other complications. The main risk factors are diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, dyslipidemia, genetics, smoking, and COVID-19, among others. If you or a family member suffers from any of these diseases, it is necessary to have regular medical check-ups to prevent the occurrence of a stroke. There are two types of strokes:

  • Ischemic: it is the most frequent and is due to an obstruction or blockage of blood flow in the brain vessels.
  • Hemorrhagic: caused by the rupture of a blood vessel in the brain, causing an intracerebral hemorrhage, mainly due to uncontrolled hypertension. They can also be caused by the rupture of an aneurysm or arteriovenous malformations, producing a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Signs and symptoms Stroke

It is vitally important to know the symptoms of a stroke to act in time, which consists of:

  • Numbness or tingling on one side of the face.
  • Weakness in one arm or the legs.
  • Problems speaking or understanding spoken language.
  • Sudden, severe headache, which may include vomiting, dizziness, or loss of consciousness.
  • Loss of balance or walking coordination.
  • Blurred or clouded vision.

If you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, regardless of whether they are intermittent, go immediately to the ABC Medical Center Emergency Room, because in these cases time is brain, and the faster you act, the fewer chances of brain damage and disability.

Potential risks: A stroke can cause temporary or permanent disabilities related to the damaged part of the brain and the duration without blood flow to which the brain was exposed, which may be:

  • Behavioral and self-care habits changes.
  • Difficulty speaking or swallowing.
  • Pain, numbness, or tingling in certain areas of the body.
  • Paralysis or movement limitations.
  • Reasoning and memory problems.
  • Radical mood swings.
  • Depression.

Diagnosis and treatment Stroke

Upon arrival at the Emergency Room, a medical team will perform, in addition to a physical examination, a series of diagnostic tests that allow them to determine the type of stroke that is occurring, including blood tests, cerebral angiography, echocardiography, MRI, computed tomography, and ultrasound of the carotid arteries. Once the diagnosis has been established, the treatment to be followed will be determined, depending on the cause and type of stroke, the affected area, and its severity. In ischemic strokes, intravenous medications and endovascular procedures are required, while in hemorrhagic strokes, drugs and surgery will be used to stop the bleeding, extract the blood, and release pressure from the brain. In both cases, once the damage has been controlled, it is essential to start as soon as possible with a rehabilitation program that must be personalized and designed according to the disability presented, which must be modified according to the patient’s evolution. The rehabilitation program basically consists of the following therapies:

  • Cognitive.
  • Swallowing.
  • Language.
  • Play therapy.
  • Physical.
  • Occupational.

At the Neurological Center, a select group of highly trained and certified doctors in the various neurological specialties is ready to assist you with the quality and warmth that characterizes us.

Nervous system specialties

  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Neuro-pathology
  • Interventional neuro-radiology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuro-otology
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neuroimaging


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