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FAQS: Understanding What an Ischemic Stroke is & Its Symptoms

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ischemic strokeHundreds of thousands of people experience strokes every year – and 85% of those strokes are ischemic strokes. Thankfully, there is a plethora of information available concerning what to do if an ischemic stroke occurs.

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Discover the answers to frequently asked questions about ischemic strokes:

What is happening in the brain when an ischemic stroke occurs?

An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. (A blood clot occurs when platelets stick to each other and to the walls of the artery and form a plug.) When a blood clot forms in the brain, tissue dies because it is not receiving much-needed oxygen.

After an extended period of time, your brain and body will respond negatively due to the lack of blood and oxygen flow.

What are the symptoms of an ischemic stroke?

There are many symptoms of an ischemic stroke. However, it’s important to note that not all of the symptoms may occur. This does not mean that the stroke isn’t happening. Any of the following symptoms may occur suddenly:

  • Confusion & dizziness
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Numbness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Severe headaches
  • Trouble speaking or walking
  • Vision loss

To recall stroke symptoms easier, you can memorize the acronym: FAST. This stands for Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, then it is Time to call the medical professionals.

If you notice someone experiencing stroke-like symptoms, act fast. Call 9-1-1 for immediate medical attention.

Can someone recover after this type of stroke?

Yes! If you experience this stroke, recovery isn’t out of the question. The recovery time that shows the most improvement is within the first six months.

If you’ve experienced an ischemic stroke, please call us at 478-743-7092 to make an appointment with one of our expert physicians.