In just minutes, a stroke can inflict serious and even life-threatening brain damage. As a result, getting timely stroke care is of the utmost importance for stroke sufferers. However, it is essential to understand the type of stroke that has occurred. South Bay Hospital is equipped with both the stroke care professionals and medical equipment necessary to address the different forms of stroke.
Suffering a Hemorrhagic Bleed
Blood vessels continually transport oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood to all areas of the body, including the brain. Should even a single blood vessel rupture, it can adversely affect the region of the body that it normally supports. When a blood vessel in the brain breaks down, it can suddenly stop the flow of blood to one or more areas, causing rapid brain cell death. This type of stroke, known as a hemorrhagic bleed, requires specialized care to cease the bleeding and restore blood supply to the impacted regions of the brain.
Experiencing an Ischemic Clot
Blood flow can also stop when an artery that supplies blood to the brain suffers a clot. Clots can form when cholesterol and fat accumulate in the bloodstream and obstruct the flow of oxygen and nutrients to various areas of the body. If a clot occurs in an artery that supports the brain, it can result in widespread brain damage until stroke care services can dissolve or remove it.
Having a Temporary Ischemic Clot
Some individuals may suffer only a temporary arterial blockage. This type of stroke typically produces less extensive brain damage, but it is no less serious than an ischemic clot or hemorrhagic bleed. Because brain cell death can still occur, professional evaluation and treatment is imperative to the health of the patient. A temporary ischemic clot can also alert stroke care experts to the presence of risk factors that if addressed in a timely manner can prevent the formation of another stroke in the future.
Don’t let a stroke cut short your quality of life. To find out more about how South Bay Hospital can help you survive a stroke, call (888) 685-1595. Our website also offers information for Sun City Center residents on our total healthcare services.