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Neurology Los Angeles

Leon Barkodar, MD CA

Neurologist located in West Hills, CA

A stroke is a medical emergency. Early treatment with medications can minimize brain damage. Dr. Leon Barkodar with Neurology Los Angeles in Beverly Hills and West Hills, California offers patients the best treatment options for stroke victims.

Stroke Q & A

What is a stroke?

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. It occurs when the brain’s supply of blood to is interrupted or reduced and as a result, it does not get enough oxygen or nutrients. When this happens, it causes brain cells to die. There are three main kinds of stroke:

  • Ischemic – Ischemic strokes are caused by a narrowing or blocking of arteries to the brain.
  • Hemorrhagic – Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by blood vessels in and around the brain bursting or leaking.
  • TIA – Transient ischemic attacks are also referred to as mini-strokes.

What are the symptoms?

Strokes occur quickly and without warning. The main symptoms of stroke include:

  • Trouble with seeing, in one or both eyes
  • Confusion, including trouble with speaking and understanding
  • Headache, possibly with altered consciousness or vomiting
  • Numbness of the face, arm or leg, particularly on one side of the body
  • Trouble with walking, including dizziness and lack of coordination.

Strokes can lead to long-term problems. Diagnosing and treating the patient quickly is the best way to avoid permanent disabilities in the aftermath of a stroke. Remembering the acronym F.A.S.T. can help identify the onset of stroke more quickly.

  • Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arm weakness: Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech difficulty: Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • Time to call 911: If any of these signs are observed, contact the emergency services.

What are the treatments for a stroke?

Treatment for stroke will depend on which type of stroke has occurred. Ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes are caused by different factors and therefore require both require different forms of treatment. Treatment suitable for one kind of stroke can be harmful to someone who has had a different kind. After a stroke, recovery will also include rehabilitative activities such as speech therapy or physical therapy.


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