In the world there are many dangerous and serious diseases. To be able to recognize and prevent their symptoms is a true art. This helps in advance knowledge. That is why today we would like to touch on such a delicate topic as ischemic stroke of the left side and its consequences.
A guest who is not expected
Coronary artery disease - a sharp violation of normal blood circulation in the vessels and arteries of the brain as a result of blockage of a blood clot or acute spasm. This disease is also called the "silent killer", apoplexic disease or just a stroke. We often find something like this in books, where, according to the author, “due to a strong shock, the hero had enough of a blow”.
But ischemic disease happens suddenly rather rarely. Often it is preceded by many factors:
- endless household chores and constant stress;
- overwork at work;
- drops in atmospheric pressure;
- smoking and alcohol addiction;
- high amount of sugar in the blood.
All this leads to a prolonged vascular spasm and, as a result, to ischemic brain damage with all the ensuing consequences. More often, a stroke affects people between the ages of 50-60, but doctors say that every year the disease only gets younger.
As already mentioned, a stroke does not occur spontaneously, on the contrary, it constantly reminds man of its existence. The question is whether we pay attention to these signs or not. Here is how patients with coronary disease describe their pre-stroke state:
- there is heaviness in the head, there is severe dizziness;
- severe weakness;
- hand or foot may go numb;
- the face is covered with red spots or the venous mesh on it is clearly visible;
- it becomes hard to breathe, think and move.
But unfortunately, the blow can happen quite suddenly. It would seem that an absolutely healthy person went to bed, and in the morning he woke up paralyzed.
If this happened ...
Preventing the symptoms of cerebral ischemic disease is much easier than treating its effects. This is primarily in the formation of the correct daily routine, where work and rest will be perfectly combined. Then you need to adjust the psychological atmosphere in the workplace and in the family, undergo a preventive examination in a timely manner and treat cardiovascular diseases.
If it was not possible to avoid a blow, medicine knows only one way to cure a disease - symptomatic elimination of consequences. And depending on which side of the brain has suffered, they may be different. Thus, in case of a lesion of the left hemisphere, the person’s right or left arm partially or completely fails, speech disturbances appear, and psychological problems arise.
Disturbance of speech and behavior is expressed in the following symptoms:
- there is a failure in the functioning of the speech apparatus up to the complete loss of the ability to speak;
- the patient may confuse the letters, interchange words in the sentence;
- an adequate response to what is happening is often violated;
- There may be difficulties in writing the text.
But the saddest consequences of an ischemic left-sided stroke are not these symptoms at all. It is much more difficult to recover psychologically:
- The patient stops normal orientation in space, does not understand where he is, is standing or sitting at the moment.
- Contacts with other people, including relatives, are very limited. First of all, due to speech disorders and the desire to isolate themselves and their loved ones from the problem.
- Often, along with a stroke in the left side of the brain, there are problems with the simplest logical operations. The patient is unable to calculate how many fingers he has, it may seem to him that he has several pairs of hands or feet.
- It is difficult for a person to assess the location of objects in the room, to describe their shapes and sizes.
The horrendous consequences of the disease lead to the fact that almost one out of four becomes disabled, in need of constant care and care from relatives. And the task of the family during this period is not to turn away from the patient, but with all kinds of forces to contribute to his speedy recovery. According to the Institute of Health, after a left-sided stroke, almost 80% of patients fully restore their motor functions, and sometimes even return their former performance.
Start living again!
How many people live after suffering ischemic stroke with consequences on the left side of the brain, no doctor can reliably answer. Much will depend on the desire of the patient himself and successful rehabilitation. A good incentive for the patient should be the news that a full return to normal life is a very real task.
There are plenty of similar examples. Take, for example, the life story of the great scientist and chemist Pasteur. At the age of forty, doctors recorded a severe cerebral hemorrhage, after which the scientist was broken by complete paralysis of the limbs. However, even after such a blow, he was able to live for more than 30 years and at the same time was distinguished by excellent health, and the greatest discoveries fell on this particular period of his life.
Another example of stunning willpower is Winston Churchill. During his long life, the British Prime Minister felt the full consequences of his illness as much as two times and was able to defeat her. He moved independently, was fluent in speech and was engaged in writing, for which, by the way, he was awarded the Nobel Prize.
The main secret of these people is that they were determined to recover as soon as possible after an illness and made every effort to do so. Therefore, you should not lock yourself at home and completely protect yourself from the influence of the outside world. Remember that our life is completely in our hands!