Health in Focus: Stroke

Strokes can be deadly, but there are things you can do if you or someone you know is having one.

Dr, Jay Jagannathan with Jagannathan Neurosurgery says it’s caused by a decrease in blood supply to the brain.

“It is most commonly caused by two reasons, one is a bleed in the brain,” he says. “We often times attribute that to an aneurysm or a hemorrhage or the other is loss of blood supply secondary to a clot or narrowing of the blood vessels.”

There are certain risk factors that can increase your chance of having a stroke.

  • Blood Pressure
  • Tobacco Use
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity/Physical Inactivity
  • Illicit Drugs (Cocaine/Amphetamines)

Symptoms

  • Trouble with Speaking and Understanding
  • Paralysis (face, arm, leg)
  • Trouble seeing
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Walking
  • TIA/RIND

It’s important to get help quickly when you or someone you know is having a stroke. Jagannathan says timing is everything.

“Get treatment quickly and call 911 or go to a local emergency room as quickly as possible if you are having symptoms,” he says.

For more health information, contact Jagannathan Neurosurgery for neurosurgery, neurology and interventional pain management.

Northern Michigan: 989-701-2538

Upper Peninsula: 906-253-1341

Southeast Michigan: 248-792-6527

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