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Stroke: What is Stroke?
Stroke: What is Stroke?
A stroke is sometimes called a “brain attack”. It occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel then breaks, interrupting the flow of blood to an area of the brain. When this happens, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. Brain cells die during a stroke and functional abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost or compromised in some way. These abilities could include speech, movement and memory. How the person who has a stroke is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.
Note that the following symptoms must be SUDDEN onset. Your first course of action is to call 911 Emergency:
- Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Severe headache with no known cause.
Stroke.org offers some good advise on learning the sudden warning signs, so you can recognize and respond to stroke FAST.
FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 Emergency immediately.
Click here to download the FAST wallet card.
Stroke and Brain Function:
Depending upon where the stroke occurs and the extent of the brain damage, any number of functional abilities can be compromised as a result. There are left/right hemisphere, cerebellar and brain stem strokes which can all be devastating to the sufferer. With the qEEG or Brain Map, we can identify the areas in the brain which are compromised and develop protocols to increase functioning for the client.
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Dr. Stephanie Golder, MA, ThD, Stephen Minister, Hemispheric Life Coach
Mindy Fritz, MS, LCDC, BCN Associate Fellow