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AVC: fast care can make all the difference

AVC: fast care can make all the difference

This text is about a detail that could make all the difference. For example, if we ask a simple question to all readers: "What is the biggest concern when someone complains about a strong chest pain?", Certainly most will respond to acute myocardial infarction - and yes, that's really it. But if we ask the question a little differently: "What if suddenly a person stops talking, or loses sight, muscular strength on one side of the body or even sensitivity?" In this case, it becomes more difficult and not all of which end up recognizing these symptoms as the tip of an iceberg, in this case stroke.

Incidentally, both acute myocardial infarction and stroke are nothing more than the same problem, that is, the "clogging" of arteries, except that in the first case the heart is affected and in the second, the brain. And usually due to the same cause: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, weight gain and diabetes. After all, our circulation is like a single system of large and small tubing, and the same process that attacks the small arteries of the heart (coronary) also affects the cerebral arteries. It is no wonder that those who have an acute myocardial infarction are at greater risk of developing a stroke and vice versa. So, all care is little.

And when we talk about care, what do we need to do to keep the problem from getting bigger? You see, you have to recognize the main symptoms, and understand that a key feature of stroke is its sudden onset. And sudden does not mean over the course of days! Suddenly, for neurologists, it is counted in minutes. So when we say "time is brain" means that every minute lost can make a difference up there at the time of recovery. In addition to those mentioned above, the symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Decreased or sudden loss of strength on the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
  • Tingling sensation on the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
  • Sudden loss of vision in one eye or both eyes
  • Acute change in speech, including difficulty in articulating, expressing or understanding language
  • Sudden and intense headache with no apparent cause
  • Instability, vertigo sudden intense and imbalance associated with nausea or vomiting.

And what to do anyway? Simple, if a stroke is suspected, immediately seek an emergency room - avoid waiting to "see if the sensation passes". And prefer hospitals where you prefer to know that there is a dedicated service for acute stroke treatment. In the city of São Paulo, for example, not only private hospitals, but public educational institutions rely on this service. This is the detail that can make all the difference.


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