Symptoms of a Stroke

Symptoms of a Stroke has two major categories; the Hemorrhagic Stroke accounts for 15% of stroke incidence.


This condition refers to the extravasations of blood in the brain or the intracranial or subarachnoid hemorrhage. The condition can be possible if there is an evident bleeding in the ventricles, the subarachnoid space and other tissues of the brain. The primordial cause of intracerebral bleeding is the impulsive rupture of small blood vessels due predominantly by uncontrolled hypertension.

How does Symptoms of Stroke Happen in the Body?

The changes caused by this condition depend on the type and cause of cerebrovascular attack. Manifestations can come about when the primordial aneurysm, AVM or hemorrhage force down itself on the adjacent brain tissues or cranial nerves. More radically, when the AVM or aneurysm ruptures which causes severe subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Normal metabolism of the brain is interrupted by the exposure to blood of the brain tissues. An increase in ICP or Intracranial Pressure can be present which can result from the abrupt admission of blood into the subarachnoid space that compresses the tissues of the brain or by derived ischemia of the brain due to the abridged pressure perfusion and vasospasm that often go together with subarachnoid hemorrhage.

There are four types of Hemorrhagic Stroke according to the location of the bleeding. Intracerebral Hemorrhage is the bleeding in the brain matter. Degenerative modifications from hypertension and cerebral hemorrhage can result to the rupture of weak blood vessels. It can be an outcome of brain tumors, arterial causes and medications. The bleeding typically happens in the cerebral lobes, Pons, cerebellum, basal ganglia and thalamus.

Intracranial Aneurysm is the dilation of the cerebral artery’s walls that build up as an outcome of arterial wall weakness. Its cause is currently unknown but it is linked to the presence of atherosclerotic plaques in the vessels; a congenital deficiency of vessel walls; head trauma; hypertensive vascular disease and old age.

Arteriovenous Malformations or AVM is an upshot of an abnormality in the development during its embryonic stage that results to the entanglement of veins and arteries in the brain. This will become the reason for the capillary beds to malfunction and the absence of its function can lead to the dilation of arteries. Subarachnoid Hemorrhage is the most dangerous types of cerebral hemorrhage because it concerns the Circle of Willis in the brain which provides the collateral blood supply to the brain.

What are The Symptoms of a Stroke?

The patient suffered from Hemorrhagic Strokecan manifest a wide diversity of neurologic deficits akin to patients with Ischemic Stroke. The common reports of conscious patients are headache. A wide-range assessment discloses the degree of the neurologic deficits.  Several of the same cognitive, sensory, cranial nerves, motor and other functions that are altered after an Ischemic Attack are as well disrupted after Hemorrhagic Stroke.

Since the commonly affected portion of the brain is the right hemisphere, the symptoms are also associated to the functions of this hemisphere such as paralysis of the left side of the body, left visual field deficit, increased distractibility, spatial perceptual field deficit, impulsive behavior, poor judgment and lack of awareness deficits.

Other manifestations that are evident to patients with acute Hemorrhagic Stroke are nausea and vomiting, early abrupt change in the level of consciousness and probable focal seizures due to repeated brainstem involvement. The rupture of an AVM or aneurysm typically produces an abrupt severe headache; there may be rigidity and pain at the back of the neck (See: neck pain relief) and spine because of meningeal irritation. Visual loss, ptosis and diplopia may occur if the rupture happened nearby the oculomotor nerve. Dizziness, hemiparesis and tinnitus may also occur.

What are the Risk Factors in having Symptoms of Stroke?

Although the incidence of stroke has been increasing in this decade, the survival rate of patients also increases with the advent of technology. There are major risk factors that can contribute to its existence and the factors also build up through time. Age is the basic factor that makes people more at risk; certainly, older people possess this unfortunate chance especially when they are hypertensive, has a sedentary lifestyle, smoker, diabetic and overweight.

Gender, describes a great significance to this disease. Researches have shown that men are more likely to haveStroke than women. Ethnicity can as well add the risk of having the condition; Hispanics, African-Americans and Native Americans countenance higher risk than other races.

Symptoms of Stroke can be linked to the presence of other diseases concerning the blood vessels. High blood pressures and atherosclerosis or the hardening of the arteries often possess the highest risk. The chances of having Stroke can increase during surgeries involving the coronary arteries such as angioplasty and coronary bypass. Anti-clotting Medications are used for the management of Ischemic Stroke. However, it can also increase the possibility of bleeding in a patient. Atrial Fibrillations and other heart abnormalities can be the cause of Stroke because it increases the probability of clot formation in the heart which may travel to the brain.

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