Effects of Strokes on the Body
The brain is a very complex and intricate organ. It is the most important part of our body besides the heart because it controls most if not all bodily function. However, strokes are a very common occurrence in the United States and can happen to anyone at any time. A stroke affects all different parts of the brain and can have a multitude of side effects.That is why identifying the early warnings signs of a stroke is key to increase the chances of recovery and even survival for a stroke victim.
A stroke can be caused in two ways. The first way is when there is an obstruction is the blood flow of one part of the body. The second is if there is a rupture of an artery that feeds the brain. When someone has a stroke a patient may suddenly lose their ability to speak, have trouble remembering and parts of the body even become paralyzed. Symptoms of a stroke can last up to a year or more depending on the severity of the stroke.
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke it is important to identify the signs and call 911 right away. A great way to remember the potential signs of stroke is using the FAST acronym. The American Heart Association recommends using FAST when you believe someone is having a stroke.
F-Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
A-Arms Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S-Speech Ask the person a question or ask them their name. Is their speech slurred?
T-Time If you notice any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
If you or someone you know experienced a stroke recently you may notice some of the following conditions:
Aphasia is a condition that causes a person to have difficulty with their speech and their ability to write. Many who suffered a stroke will have trouble with reading and finding the correct words to speak.
Hemiparesis can affect the person’s balance or coordination while walking and even sitting. It can affect one part of the body or a whole side. It is commonly associated with paralysis of body parts and stunts the person's ability to move.
Memory Loss Stroke can cause cognitive memory loss and slow bodily function.A person’s memory can be impacted greatly and in most cases a person can have a hard time remembering people and places.
Fatigue It will be very common for a post stroke victim to feel fatigued and tired. Being tired and fatigued could be a livelong problem after stroke and interfere with an individual's rehabilitation. Fatigue will also affect the person's ability to return to their daily activity and work routine.
Depression can occur after any major health event. Feelings of sadness, loneliness and anger will linger and can develop into a major disorder if not treated probably. Make sure if youcontact your physician if you experience or notice in someone else any of these symptoms of depression.
If you or a loved one just experienced a stroke, please remember that itdoes not have to be a lifelong condition. That is why it is important to understandthe side effects so patients can begin to regain your strength. Common physical, communication, and behavioral changes can be easily overcome through rehabilitation and lifestyle changes. If you would like more information about the risks and your probability please contact Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center’s Outpatient Clinic at 201-392-3588 and schedule an appointment today to speak to one of our physicians. Meadowlands Hospital provides round-the-clock, comprehensive emergency care services on Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus. Meadowlands Emergency Room (ER) is staffed by board-certified emergency physicians who are actively supported by specially trained and certified nurses. Meadowlands Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is available around the clock.