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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Experts detail the warning signs of stroke

Especialista detalla las señales de alerta del ACV

Santo Domingo, Dr.

Cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) are caused by a sudden blockage or rupture of an artery that carries blood to the brain.

Any change in balance, deviation in eye convergence, numbness and/or abnormalities on one side of the face, loss of strength or sensation in the arms and/or legs, and difficulty in the ability to express and/or understand words, warning signs which should prompt the patient to go to the medical emergency room as soon as possible.

Endovascular neurosurgeon Luis Eduardo Suazo puts it this way, explaining that stroke is one of the conditions that most concerns modern society.

He explained that the fact that an artery is obstructed or ruptured allows events to be classified as both ischemic (due to blockage of the artery) and hemorrhagic (due to rupture of its wall) and that in these cases, 80 or 85% are ischemic

identify the signs
Suazo, an endovascular neurosurgeon at the Center for Diagnosis and Advanced Medicine and Medical Conference and Telemedicine (CEDIMAT), explains that much effort has been made to educate the medical population and healthcare workers in general about the rapid recognition of signs and early symptoms. went. This situation.

In that regard, he said a mnemonic, known as the BEFAST (Balance, Eye, Face, Arm, Language, Time) test, is now widely used to detect stroke.

Experts suggest that for this reason you should go to the emergency room as soon as possible and have the following conditions evaluated: any balance disturbances, deviation in the convergence of the eyes, numbness and/or abnormalities on one side of the face, hand and/or or loss of strength or sensation in the leg, and difficulty with the ability to express and/or understand words.

In addition, he cautions that it is important that the patient is consulted by a neurologist or neurosurgeon as soon as possible as specialists in the management of brain conditions.

loss of work
Remember that, during these moments of emergency, the time lost represents a loss of specific brain functions, so the tools used to diagnose and treat the obstruction are needed to limit and/or reverse the patient’s disability. Various tools are required.

Support of neuroimaging is also important, he said, so it is necessary to perform brain tomography, which allows to identify whether the condition is ischemic or hemorrhagic.

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