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Once thought of as a condition that mainly plagued older persons and was one that almost always ended in severe disabilities, Strokes are being seen in much younger patients these days. Also known as a Brain Attack or Cerebral Vascular Accidents, a stroke can be caused when blood supply to the brain is cut off or severely reduced. Another type of stroke, known as a hemorrhagic stroke, occurs when a blood vessel bursts. Damage from either type of stroke can be both permanent and devastating so educating patients about symptoms and the importance of immediate medical attention is of utmost importance.
Medicine has made incredible advancements in the last 30 years in the diagnosing and treating of patients that present with stroke-like symptoms. It is because of these advancements that less people die of strokes then in previous years. Recognizing symptoms of a Stroke early is essential to a patient seeking early intervention.
Symptoms of a stroke can vary from person to person and can include difficulty walking, slurred speech, confusion or numbness in the face, leg or arm on one side but not everyone experiences all of these symptoms. Sometimes a severe headache is the only symptom.
MRI and other imaging procedures can aid in the diagnosis of a stroke but that is only half the battle. Restoring blood flow to the damaged area quickly is key to restoring function and preventing further damage. Here is the story of our CEO’s journey back from what could have been a devastating condition.
Follow Charu Raheja, a young, healthy professional, as she shares her story from beginning of symptoms during a family vacation, to surgery back home, and her amazing recovery back to functionality. Now, she leads a support group for those who have suffered strokes in the hopes of bringing awareness to others so they too can have a positive outcome.