WHAT IS A STROKE?
A stroke is caused when there are problems with the flow of blood to a part of the brain. These problems may be one of the following:
- Damage or disease may block or narrow a blood This stops the blood from flowing, and means that oxygen (air) and nutrients (food) cannot reach certain parts of the brain. Those parts of the brain are then damaged and can stop working.
- A blood vessel may The blood will then flood the brain and cause damage.
DO PEOPLE GET BETTER AFTER A STROKE?
Each stroke is different. It depends on the part of the brain that is damaged.
- Normally, people who survive a stroke get better slowly over a long time, but they almost never recover completely.
- Most people learn to walk again, but they walk slowly and can easily fall.
- Many people do not get back all the movement or control of their hand and arm.
- Some muscles stay paralysed or weak, and others become This makes it difficult for stroke survivors to move and control their bodies.
- Some people’s physical abilities (body movements and control) become almost normal again.
- Some people continue to have problems with their mental functions(such as thinking, making decisions and knowing to stay away from danger).
CAN MEDICINE MAKE A STROKE BETTER?
It is not possible to make dead brain cells come alive , however, new research findings shows some sign of hope. But if you treat the health problems that caused the stroke, you can help to prevent further strokes. Common health problems that cause strokes are diabetes (high blood sugar), high blood pressure, high cholesterol (too much fat in the blood) and heart problems.
A person who suffered a stroke should see a doctor to be treated for these diseases and to check that there are no other problems.
References : Center for Rehabilitation Studies Stellenbosch University