NEWSMAKER: Understanding a Stroke

- WHAG NEWS - Several may think they know what a stroke is when it comes to it, but chances are, there is more behind the picture.

WHAG's Carmen Chau sat down with Dr. Samina Anwar, a neurologist with Meritus Medical Center to discuss what to look out for before a stroke even happens and how to make sure it gets treated.

A stroke is when the brain cells don't receive enough oxygen, resulting in the inability to speak, memory problems or part of the body being paralyzed.

While a stroke is commonly seen in older aged people, it can happen to anyone. The best prevention is to have proper nutrition and medical care.

There are also such things known as Silent Strokes that may not show symptoms but can still damage brain tissue.

Most strokes are caused by: smoking, older age, family history of stroke, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Usually, doctors are able to pick up early symptoms of a stroke through blood tests, an ultra sound or through Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

The primary goal in treating a stroke is restoring blood flow back to the brain. It can be done through a surgical procedure where arteries are opened and widened. Most stroke recoveries require long-term rehabilitation and physical therapy is usually the best choice.

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