Integrated Neurology Services
Neurology & Sleep Specialists Located in Northern Virginia, Alexandria, VA, Old Alexandria, VA, Lorton, VA, & Falls Church, VA
Stroke is the fifth most common cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability in adults. The expert team at Integrated Neurology Services helps people recover from stroke at their office locations across Northern Virginia in Alexandria, Falls Church, and Lorton, also serving the Vienna, VA, community. If you or a loved one has had a stroke, call or book an appointment online today.
Stroke Q & A
What is a stroke?
A stroke happens when blood flow to your brain is suddenly reduced or interrupted, depriving brain cells of oxygen and essential nutrients. Without oxygen from your blood, brain cells begin to die within minutes.
Every second counts when it comes to a stroke. This medical emergency requires immediate treatment to reduce the risk of brain damage and other complications, such as paralysis.
What are the different types of stroke?
There are different types of stroke depending on the cause and location in your brain.
This is the most common type. An ischemic stroke happens when the blood vessels in your brain become blocked or narrowed due to fatty deposits, blood clots, or other debris.
A hemorrhagic stroke is the result of a leaking or ruptured blood vessel in your brain. Many conditions can lead to this type of stroke, including aneurysms and trauma.
Transient ischemic attack
Also known as a ministroke, a transient ischemic attack causes a temporary period of stroke symptoms that doesn’t cause permanent damage.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
Knowing how to identify symptoms of a stroke can potentially save someone's life. Common stroke symptoms include:
- Severe headache with no known cause
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Dizziness or loss of balance and coordination
- Difficulty speaking and understanding what others are saying
- Weakness, numbness, or paralysis in the face, arm, or leg
Symptoms of a stroke tend to come on suddenly. Call 911 as soon as you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, even if they seem to come and go.
What is the recovery like after a stroke?
Stroke recovery is unique for every person. After you stabilize from emergency treatment, the team at Integrated Neurology Services carefully evaluates your condition and develops an individualized treatment plan.
Depending on the location and severity of the stroke, challenges you may face include:
- Pain or numbness
- Sleep problems
- Difficulty controlling emotions
- Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing
- Paralysis or loss of muscle movement
Your neurologist may work on a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers, including occupational and physical therapists, to help you recover from your stroke as much as possible.
For compassionate and comprehensive stroke rehabilitation, call Integrated Neurology Services, or book an appointment online today.
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