Burnt toast sign of stroke

A burning sensation in your hand or face is a symptom of stroke. It’s called a Stroke on the Brain or a Stroke of the Hand. Stroke on the Brain is the most common form of stroke.

A stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately.

The symptoms of a stroke are varied depending on the location of the stroke and the amount of damage.

Common symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness, tingling or weakness in your face, arm or leg, especially on one side of your body
  • Sudden trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Sudden trouble with vision or balance
  • Sudden confusion
  • Sudden dizziness or loss of consciousness
  • Slurred speech or trouble understanding speech
  • Slurred or unusual movements of your face, arms or legs
  • Sudden problems with memory
  • Sudden difficulty with vision
  • Sudden difficulty with coordination
  • Sudden trouble with balance

Symptoms of severe stroke may include:

  • Sudden trouble with speaking or understanding others

Some people may not experience any symptoms at all.

A stroke is a serious medical condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. It’s estimated that each year about 795,000 Americans have a stroke.

Stroke is usually caused by a problem with the blood vessels that supply the brain or the clotting of blood vessel in the brain.

When blood flow to the brain is decreased, the brain can become?

  • Sluggish
  • Cooled
  • Dizzy
  • Unbalanced
  • Hypoxic
  • Injured
  • Numb

A stroke can happen to anyone, at any age.

Strokes can happen at any time. The American Stroke Association has estimated that one-third of all strokes happen every year in the United States.

Types of stroke

There are many types of stroke. Some cause more symptoms and damage than others.

A small stroke is one that only causes a small area of damage.

  • A moderate stroke has a larger area of damage.
  • A large stroke has a larger area of damage and causes more trouble.

Causes of stroke

Strokes are most often caused by a blood clot in your brain.

  • A small stroke is caused by a blood clot in a small area of your brain.
  • A moderate sized stroke is caused by a blood clot in a larger area of your brain.
  • A large stroke is caused by a blood clot in more than one area of your brain.

Sometimes strokes are caused by a problem with a blood vessel.

  • A blood vessel in the brain may rupture, causing a stroke.
  • A clot can form in a artery or vein that supplies blood to your brain. It can block blood flow to the brain.
  • A blood clot in the heart can break off and move to the brain.

Strokes can also be caused by:

  • A heart attack.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Diabetes.
  • Stroke, heart attack or high blood pressure.
  • A defect in the blood vessels in the brain.
  • A problem with the way the brain absorbs nutrients.
  • Problems with the way the brain uses blood.

How is a stroke diagnosed?

If you have any symptoms of a stroke, your doctor will ask about them and do a physical exam. They may want to know:

  • When the symptoms started
  • What happened before the symptoms started
  • How long you’ve had symptoms
  • How the symptoms are affecting your daily life
  • How the symptoms are different from other times in the past and how often they happen

Your doctor will do a neurological exam to check your mental status. They will try to determine if you’re having a stroke.

Diagnosis of a stroke can be challenging. The most common test used to diagnose a stroke is called a CT scan. An MRI can be used in some cases.

Other tests may be used to help confirm the stroke diagnosis.

How is a stroke treated?

There are several treatment options depending on the type and location of the stroke.

  • Thrombolysis. This is a procedure that stops the blood clot from forming. It can be used for a stroke that’s causing a stroke or an ischemic stroke.
  • Thrombectomy. This is a procedure that opens blocked blood vessels. It can be used for a stroke that’s causing a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA).
  • Endovascular therapy. This is a procedure to open blocked blood vessels. It can be used for a stroke that’s causing a stroke or a TIA.

What are possible complications of stroke?

The complications of a stroke depend on the location of the stroke.

  • Brain hemorrhage. The stroke may cause bleeding in the brain.
  • Brain herniation. This is a sudden movement of part of the brain into the space between the brain and the skull.
  • Brain swelling. This is swelling of the brain.
  • Hydrocephalus. This is when the fluid in the brain becomes too large and builds up.
  • Stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack. These can be complications of a stroke.
  • Stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes. These can be complications of a heart or blood vessel problem.

When should you see a doctor?

  • You have a stroke.
  • Your symptoms are getting worse.
  • You have a new headache.
  • You have a headache that lasts more than 4 hours.
  • You’ve had a stroke.

When should you go to the emergency room?

If you see signs of a stroke such as weakness on one side of the body or slurred speech, go to the emergency room.

  • You have symptoms of a stroke.
  • You have difficulty speaking.

What is the outlook?

The outlook for stroke depends on the type of stroke.

  • A small stroke is likely to cause no problems.
  • A moderate stroke may cause problems that don’t affect the brain.
  • A large stroke will cause problems in the brain.

A small stroke can be treated. A moderate stroke can usually be treated. A large stroke is usually treated with an operation.

Most people who have a stroke don’t have long-term problems.

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