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Types Of Ischemic Strokes

September 16, 2017

 

What Is An Ischemic Stroke?:

 

An ischemic stroke is one of the most common types of strokes.  In fact, according to the American Heart Association, they account for about 87% of all stroke cases.  Ischemic strokes occur when a foreign mass (commonly a fatty deposit or blood clot) blocks the movement of blood within a blood vessel,causing a lack of blood supply to the brain. The results can vary but for many, physical repercussions occur. If you live near Sheepshead Bay or Bay Ridge, Madison Physical Therapy can provide post - stroke rehabilitation.

 

There are two types of ischemic strokes. They are:

 

Thrombotic Stroke: occur when a blood clot forms in the arteries that supply blood to the brain.  This type of stroke is commonly found in older people, those suffering from diabetes, and people with high cholesterol levels.

 

Embolic Stroke: occur when a blood clot forms somewhere else (most commonly in the heart, upper chest, and neck areas in the circulatory system).  This type of stroke is found in people who may recently be recovering from heart surgery or suffer from heart disease. Additionally, it often happens to people who have an abnormal heartbeat, or atrial fibrillation.

 

For more information on thrombotic and embolic strokes, refer to this article.

 

Stroke Signs And Treatment Methods:

There are many different signs that indicate you or someone else may be suffering from a stroke. Here is a list to keep you informed:

  • A sudden numbness on one side of the body, particularly in the face, arm, or leg.

  • State of confusion/feeling dizzy

  • Feeling like you’re losing your balance and/or cannot walk properly.

The American Heart Association uses the acronym F.A.S.T. as a quick and easy way to determine whether you or someone else is having a stroke.  Click here for more information.

 

The long-term effects of a stroke can significantly alter a person’s life as everyday tasks become much more difficult, depending on the severity of the case.  However, with the right rehabilitation treatment at our offices in Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay, you will slowly but surely be able to regain some of those skills lost after a stroke. Our highly experienced physical therapists at Madison Physical Therapy are dedicated to helping stroke victims recover from such an unfortunate event by developing a rehabilitation program that will help them regain their balance, as well as improve their speech and motor skills. Visit us at either of our offices in Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge to schedule an evaluation today!


 

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