Stroke, also known as cerebrovascular accident, cerebrovascular insult, or brain attack, is when poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death. There are two main types of stroke: ischemic, due to lack of blood flow, and hemorrhagic, due to bleeding. They result in part of the brain not functioning properly.
Signs and symptoms of a stroke may include an inability to move or feel on one side of the body, problems understanding or speaking, feeling like the world is spinning, or loss of vision to one side among others.Signs and symptoms often appear soon after the stroke has occurred. If symptoms last less than one or two hours it is known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Hemorrhagic strokes may also be associated with a severe headache.The symptoms of a stroke can be permanent. Long term complications may include pneumonia or loss of bladder control.
The main risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. Other risk factors include tobacco smoking, obesity, high blood cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, previous TIA, and atrial fibrillation.
Prevention and treatment involve a healthy diet, physical exercise, maintaining a normal body weight, and avoiding use of tobacco. Treatment involves regulating these factors:
- Tobacco Smoking,
- High blood cholesterol,
- Diabetes Mellitus,
- Previous TIA, and
- Atrial fibrillation.
When it comes to strokes, we are effective at treating the lifestyle factors that contribute to strokes. We help patient’s regain physical functions after a stroke has occurred and help to look for the signs that a stroke may be reoccurring. Let Fontana Chiropractic and Acupuncture help you with your needs after a stroke.