About Stroke

Stroke – a Medical Emergency

The occurrence of a stroke is an emergency situation. You have to act immediately without any hesitation or waiting. In many cases, fast action can minimize the consequences of a stroke.
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What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when the blood flow in the brain is suddenly disturbed. As a consequence the nerve cells in the brain are starved of oxygen and nutrients, and they die.
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Symptoms

The symptoms depend on which part of the brain is affected and how severe the losses are, so the symptoms can be very diverse.
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Diagnostics

A computed tomography (CT) of the head in the acute phase of stroke can help the physician find out whether the stroke is caused by bleeding or by a vascular occlusion (ischemia).
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Acute Therapy

To reduce the damage a stroke causes in the brain and to improve the chances of a complete recovery of brain functions, diagnosis and treatment should start as early as possible.
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Risk Factors

In principle, anyone  can suffer a stroke – whether he or she is young or old. Stroke is not a disease that affects only "old people". Every fourth person affected is of working age, an estimated 5% of whom are even younger than 40.
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Prevention

Prevention is the best and safest stroke protection. Living a healthy life can reduce or completely exclude some of the risk factors in advance.
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