Recovering from cerebral venous thrombosis

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When a thrombus (blood clot) develops in the cerebral veins and in the dural venous sinuses, the blood flow gets blocked and produces cell damage. This condition is called cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT), although it is also known by other names such as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) or cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT). The continuous pressure that the blood clot creates leads to swelling, which results in very painful headaches. This pressure can ultimately cause the brain blood vessels to burst, resulting in a cerebral hemorrhage. This is a complicated event, as it causes bleeding into the brain tissue, which can kill brain cells. Cerebral venous thrombosis is a rare type of stroke and it mainly affects children and young adults. According to medical literature, it is estimated that CVT affects 3-4 per million people and 7 per million children. Fifty years ago, CVT reports were based on autopsy findings and it was considered to be a mortal condition. Currently, mortality rates have decreased due to the introduction of neuroimaging and several studies have been carried out in order to determine the prognosis of this disease. In Mexico, researchers carried out the RENEMEVASC study and found that 63% of the…

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Recognizing cerebral venous thrombosis

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A cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is a rare form of stroke. It takes place when a blood clot is formed in the cerebral veins (small veins in the brain that collect blood) and in the dural venous sinuses (the large veins in which blood is drained from the cerebral veins). The blood clot leads to an obstruction of the blood flow, which causes inflammation and damage to the brain tissue. The blood clot can be induced by infections (ear, mouth, face or neck), clotting disorders, oral contraceptive therapy or some drugs (such as tamoxifen or chemotherapy). It can also occur during pregnancy and postpartum (or postnatal) period. However, sometimes the underlying cause is unknown. Cerebral venous thrombosis is also known as: Cerebral vein thrombosis Cerebral venous and sinus thrombosis Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT) Sinus and cerebral vein thrombosis Cerebral vein and dural sinus thrombosis Cortical cerebral venous thrombosis According to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, cerebral venous thrombosis mainly affects young adults and children, and represents only 0.5 to 1% of all strokes. Nevertheless, it is still a significant cause of death and disability, and early detection…

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10 ways to prevent cerebral embolism

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An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery in the brain is blocked. This reduces the oxygen and nutrient supply to the brain and results in tissue damage. Ischemic strokes are divided into two classes: thrombotic strokes and embolic strokes (also known as cerebral embolism). Medical literature reports that cerebral embolism accounts for approximately 20% of ischemic strokes. In cerebral embolism, the blood flow is blocked due to an embolus (blood clot, fat material or air bubble), which is transported through the bloodstream from a part of the body to an artery in the brain. Cerebral embolism is a serious life-threatening disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that stroke is the leading cause of disability and the second leading cause of death worldwide. According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S.A alone, 140,000 people die each year as the result of a stroke; this is 1 out of every 20 deaths. Unfortunately, it is a very common condition, so it is crucial to know the best ways to prevent it. Therefore, we present 10 ways to reduce your chances of suffering a cerebral embolism. They include 5 lifestyle changes and 5 diseases that require…

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Signs and symptoms of cerebral embolism – Act FAST

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A cerebral embolism (also known as embolic stroke) is a class of ischemic stroke. It occurs when a particle from a part of the body, usually the heart, travels through the bloodstream to the brain and blocks the blood flow within an artery of the brain. This travelling particle is called an “embolus” and can be a blood clot or other substance, such as fatty material. Therefore, the main damage associated with a cerebral embolism is caused by the lack of oxygen and nutrient supply to parts of the brain. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, stroke is one of the top ten causes of death. In 2015 it caused 6.2 million deaths and, together with ischemic heart disease, has been the leading cause of death worldwide for the last 15 years. In addition, stroke is a major cause of disability and many people who survive a stroke need other people’s help to survive. For these reasons, it is essential to detect the symptoms early and start the treatment as soon as possible. The main symptoms of a cerebral embolism are weakness, paralysis or numbness of the face, arms or legs, especially on one side of the body….

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Best stroke recovery tips

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In moderate or severe injury, most of the rehabilitation process is experienced in the first three months after the stroke. The recovery continues, more slowly, until at least six months, and some patients continue to recover slightly near the year. Not all patients will fully recover. The time a patient will require rehabilitation (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy or other) will vary depending on the objectives of each case. Thus, in an elderly patient with severe disease, rehabilitation can focus on getting a transfer from the bed to the wheelchair easily. This can be done in a few days or weeks. However, in a young patient, occupationally active, with mild to moderate speech or mobility impairment, rehabilitation can last up to six months, or until he/she reaches his/her greater functional capacity and return to work. These are some tips that will take you for a better and fastest rehabilitation. 1. Practice exercises repetitively One of the most important tips to speed recovery after a stroke is to practice repetition, which is repeating the exercises over and over again. This habit promotes neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to recover itself after injury. 2. Follow a healthy diet Eliminate all processed…

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Avoiding another stroke: Exercising

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Exercising is not only one of the keys to healthy life; it also helps prevent heart disease and lowers stroke risks. Indeed, inactivity is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease and it can also lead to high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Exercising 30 to 40 minutes at least 3 to 4 times a week reduces blood pressure, raises “good cholesterol” and helps regulate insulin requirements. Bring physical activity into your daily life! Daily physical activity does not require a lot of time, but it benefits your body a lot. It does not mean you have to undergo intensive tough fitness programs but only get used to introducing soft activities in your daily life: chance is, you will not even notice you are exercising!Why not start by exercising at home? It allows your children to see you being active, which sets a good example for them. The best part is that you can combine exercise with other activities.

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Prevention of Stroke

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Stroke is an epidemic that is not usually given the press that heart disease and cancer usually get. Yet strokes kill millions of people every year worldwide. The American Heart Association does have a stroke prevention site, because stroke and heart disease are often found together. However, the push for the public to understand stroke symptoms and to get help immediately isn’t as publicized as the need for CPR and defibrillators. Some work places now have informational posters warning about the signs of a stroke, but stroke prevention and recognition is poorly understood. Symptoms are not the only issues that leave the public in the dark. How to prevent strokes is also not very well known. Everyone seems to know that they need to “take care of themselves” and “lead a healthy lifestyle,” but what do these concepts really mean in terms of stroke prevention? While it is true that the preventative measures between heart disease and stroke are similar, they are not exactly the same. In addition, it doesn’t hurt to follow the regulations for both conditions because they are very often seen together. If you want to lower your risk of stroke, you may want to take a…

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Pets and Stroke

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Strokes are a devastating condition in humans, but they are even more emotional when it is your pet that has had the stroke. First, it is difficult to notice the symptoms because the pet can’t tell you what it is feeling. Second, some pets have strokes and then recover on their own. The point is that pet strokes are a problem, and they can lead to difficult times for your pet as they recover. Of course, it would take a good deal of rehab to get a pet back to the pre-stroke shape. It is time and money intensive, but fortunately, strokes in pets are not that common. Dogs with brain tumors, diabetes, Cushing’s disease, and other rare diseases and conditions are likely to cause a dog to have a stroke. It is usually not something that happens spontaneously, but it is possible. If you think your dog is having a stroke, it is important to get them help as soon as possible. The treatments are limited for strokes in dogs, but a vet will be able to watch the dog to make sure the condition does not worsen. How to tell your pet had a stroke There are many…

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Behind the scenes of a Caregiver

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Caregiving is one of the most difficult jobs you may ever have. Even nurses and doctors have difficulty with very sick patients, but it is far more complicated when the one you are caring for is a loved one. You may find that your loved one resents you helping them, is embarrassed because of their inability to take care of themselves, and denial of the severity of their symptoms. It can make you feel ways that you would never feel about your loved one before. For instance, if your loved one has had a stroke, you may be the only caregiver they have. Caregiving is a stressful job, and it is important for you to get away from that stress for a time. It isn’t wrong to need a break from the constant demands of your loved one. If you have close family, you can ask someone else to help out while you take a break. If not, nursing homes have a special program called respite care. This means that you loved one will stay in the facility for a short time while you recuperate. You than pick them up and take them back home. It is important to find…

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Adaptive equipment for stroke survivors

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When strokes occur, the initial response is to concentrate on helping your loved one come out of the situation healthy. However, after all of the health scares are over, most stroke survivors are left with significant deficits that can cause problems in independence. These problems can arise over many activities, and they are usually addressed in the lengthy rehabilitation process. During that process, many forms of adaptive equipment are introduced to help the stroke survivor achieve as much independence as possible. The activities of daily living, or ADLs, refer to the routine steps we take to care for ourselves. Most stroke deficits affect the ADLs, and the equipment is designed to address these issues. These activities include dressing, grooming, bathing, walking, and eating. Fortunately, technology has been developed to allow even the most affected stroke survivor to perform some or all of these tasks independently. Even if your loved one is not able to perform them independently, they may be able to perform them with supervision or minimal help. It is helpful to consider some of the equipment you may need to use with your loved one. The best health care provider to ask about adaptive equipment is your occupational…

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