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Posted by: Barnie | 2005/06/28

Stroke

My brother-in-law had a major stroke this morning in the shower.
This came as a very big shock to us, since he is only 36.
He is currently in intensive care and they say the next three days are critical. Something about the brain that swells?

Does anyone of you have info on what to expect, what causes it, because he had no traditional symptons - (High blood pressue, high cholesterol etc.) They did a CATScan, but still don't give much info?

Will appreciate info regarding this condition?

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Strokes are much more common than most people realize, and even in younger age-groups. The High BP etc are not symptoms, but just risk factors that make such a stroke more likely. A stroke can be caused either by a bleed within the brain, or by a blood clot which blocks the blood supply to the brain ; both injuries damage brain, and if the affected area is reasonably large, further swelling of the injured brain is possible and a serious complication which they can try to relieve, but would be a serious sign.
A CAT scan usually helps them to ceck which area of brain has been affected, and may help to distinguish between a bleed and a clot. This is important because for a clot they may want to give him blood-thinning / anti-clotting drugs like warfarin, which could help to prevent further clots and strokes ; but obviously if the stroke was due to a bleed, this would be the wrong meds to use.
It's hard to predict the degree of recovery, as a person may die, or be left with some problems ( slured speech, a weak limb ) or recover completely.

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Posted by: Dude | 2005/06/29

that's a shyte state of affairs ...

there r loads of books and all that shyte on what and how to treat the dude should ee be slighlty impared physically... would say that wot eva u do... loads of love and support r required ... don't fuss 2 much but elp out were u can ...

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Posted by: Male23 | 2005/06/28

Arnt you the same Barnie with the wife who had the stroke yesterday or the day before?

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