The only way a neurologist, or alternatively the emergency physician, can confirm that a patient is suffering from a stroke is through what he says and how he says it. "It's all you need," highlights Dr. Felipe de los Rios. Also, after this confirmation, an imaging process will be performed, which will determine if the stroke is a lack of blood flow to the brain or is a type of bleeding.
Dr. Felipe de los Rios states stroke is a very common event. According to the specialist, stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States, and the second worldwide. Stroke is also the leading cause of disability, which depends on the region of the brain affected.
Dr. Felipe de los Rios explains how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. The doctor explains when a stroke happens, the face can be droopy on one side, the person might not be able to move it very well. De los Rios recommends asking the patient to raise the arm and see if there is a weakness in the arm or leg. Another sign of stroke is speech problems. The person might not be able to articulate very well, have slurred speech or be hard to understand.
The treatment of strokes has changed dramatically over the years, according to neurologist Dr. Felipe de los Rios. Prior to 1995, he says, the patient's options were going into the ER, the doctor would do the test and made the diagnose and send a medication. “Nowadays that has changed dramatically. Doctors have efficacious interventions they can provide in an emergency room," he says. De los Rios explains with an example the best way to treat a stroke.
Rehab is a better way to recover from a stroke, according to Dr. Felipe de los Rios. It's different if you have a stroke that affects a very specialized area, where the brain cells around that area might have a harder time learning to do the things of those very specialized brain cells," explains De los Rios. The situation is different if is a smaller stroke, or the injured area is small. “The brain cells that remain are able to pick up that work," says the specialist. De los Rios mentions recovery depends on the size of the stroke, the location of the stroke and also age. “If youâ€™re younger, you have better ability to recover," according to the doctor.