October 16, 2013 | Posted in Head / Nervous System, Heart / Circulation

‘Time is brain’ is the caution advised when a stroke may be occurring: Act Fast, get to the nearest certified stroke center.

Description

Stroke is a medical emergency as the outer symptoms don’t tell us the cause of the problem. Various causes of stroke are treated very differently.

Signs include: facial droop or uneven smile, arm numbness or weakness, slurred speech or difficulty speaking or understanding, sudden vomiting and dizziness, problems with our balance, sudden change in being able to perform simple tasks in our daily life.

Any of these changes can come on suddenly during the day or we might awaken with them.

Stroke commonly results from bleeding into the brain (hemorrhage), buildup of plaque in brain blood vessels (thrombosis), or a clot coming into the brain circulation from some other part of the body (embolus).

Prevention is always first choice, if a medical emergency can be avoided.

Know your family and personal health history to know what risks you have. Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, smoking, heavy alcohol use, physical inactivity, obesity, atrial fibrillation, family history of stroke.

See Basics for general health, High BP (hypertension), Heart health, Diabetes.

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Treatments

Based on a clear picture of what risk factors you have, and your individual constitution, a trained practitioner can work with you preventively using natural treatments to lessen your likelihood of stroke.

Should a stroke occur, quick medical intervention is of primary importance.

The recovery phase of stroke should include much rest, as well as active engagement in speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and sound nursing techniques.

Each of these supportive therapies has the possibility of being expanded by its counterpart in anthroposophic healthcare, such as anthroposophic nursing, rhythmical massage, eurythmy, therapeutic speech formation, painting and music therapy. The anthroposophic therapies each in its own individual way, applies the artistic to healing, or brings understanding of natural substances to promote physical healing.

See Rhythmical massage therapy, Eurythmy Therapy, Speech formation, Art therapy, Painting therapy, Music therapy.

Recovery also includes prevention of any future events and physical healing from the stroke itself. Work in an ongoing way with the practitioner as described above.

The brain is very plastic and we are learning every day new ways that healing can occur. Don’t give up on regaining function!

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**Cautions**

Prevention first.

If a stroke occurs, it is a medical emergency and ‘time is brain.’

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Resources

www.strokeassociation.org, www.stroke.org

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