Strokes are life-changing and sometimes fatal; the sooner you receive expert treatment, the more likely you will have a positive outcome. If you're concerned about your stroke risk or need post-stroke care, the board-certified specialists at Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC, can help. Their expertise can help reduce your risk of stroke and optimize your recovery after a stroke. The practice has locations in Bel Air, Baltimore, Towson, Westminster, Elkton, Frederick, Ellicott City, Hampstead, Abingdon, and Lutherville, Maryland. For expert stroke care, call your nearest office to schedule a consultation or book online today.
A stroke occurs when something interrupts the blood supply to your brain. Without the oxygen and nutrients that blood provides, your brain cells quickly start to die, resulting in brain damage. It is a medical emergency requiring urgent treatment to prevent long-term disability or death.
Some people experience mini-strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), which are less serious strokes. TIAs result from a temporary problem with blood flow to your brain but don't result in permanent brain damage.
However, TIAs are a warning sign that you're at risk of having a stroke, so you should still get urgent medical attention. TIA symptoms are similar to those of stroke but less severe; if you develop signs of a stroke or TIA or someone you're with seems to be having a stroke, call 911 without delay.
There are two types of strokes:
Ischemic strokes result from an arterial blockage, typically in the carotid artery that delivers blood to your brain. Blockages are usually a result of atherosclerosis – a build-up of plaque (a sticky substance made of cholesterol) in your arteries.
Hemorrhagic strokes involve bleeding in the brain and are less common than ischemic strokes.
Strokes can cause a variety of symptoms that may include:
The more quickly treatment begins following a stroke, the more likely you will survive and any complications will be less severe.
Treating ischemic strokes involves restoring blood flow to your brain. Surgery might be necessary to lower your risk of having another stroke. Options include balloon angioplasty with a stent to open up the affected artery and carotid endarterectomy to remove plaque build-up.
For expert stroke prevention and rehabilitation, call Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC, or book an appointment online today.