A stroke is the leading cause of disability and death in the United States. It’s a medical emergency and should be treated with the necessary urgency. When an individual suffers a stroke, early intervention is essential to reduce major health complications. The Multiple Sclerosis and Neurology Institute of Austin is led by neurological experts who use state-of-the-art techniques and solutions to help you recover after a stroke and minimize the risk of a future stroke. If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke, please schedule a consultation at our medical center in Austin.
What are strokes?
A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the brain’s blood supply is obstructed or blocked. The brain needs to maintain optimal blood circulation to receive oxygen and other essential nutrients. When the blood supply is interrupted or reduced, the brain cells start dying within minutes. If left untreated, strokes can eventually lead to paralysis, memory loss, difficulty talking, emotional problems, and even death. If you notice the signs and symptoms of a stroke, you must seek emergency care without delay.
What are the causes of strokes?
Strokes may occur because of two primary reasons — blocked arteries or burst blood vessels. The following is a brief overview of the two causes of strokes:
- Ischemic Stroke: When the blood vessels are narrowed or blocked by fatty deposits, blood clots, or other debris, the brain might not receive enough blood flow, leading to a stroke. This is the most common cause of strokes.
- Hemorrhagic Stroke: When the blood vessels in the brain leak or rupture, you may suffer a stroke. You may suffer a hemorrhagic stroke because of traumas, overtreatment with blood thinners, high blood pressure, and other factors.
What are the treatments for strokes?
The Multiple Sclerosis and Neurology Institute of Austin is led by neurological experts who can manage the symptoms of strokes, help you recover from a stroke, and prevent future strokes. Your treatment plan may include physical therapy, speech therapy, diet changes, disease-specific treatments, and Botox injections for uncontrollable muscle spasms. Please schedule a consultation if you’ve recently experienced a stroke.