Stroke … Cerebral Apoplexy – CVA

The youngest stroke victim that I have met in my medical practice was nine years old and she was a victim of sickle cell disease and anaemia. 


Recently, I met my latest stroke patient. A woman age 62 with severe hypertension.



Stroke is a damage to the brain which results from the abnormalities of blood from the arteries to the brain. It is also known as CVA or Cerebro Vascular Accident. This is so named, because of the suddenness that characterize brain damage and the symptoms of loss of speech, twisting of the face and weakness on one side of the  body or a full paralysis.


I may be incorrect, but there appears to be a distinct increase in stroke victims: male and female.



There are the three distinct causes of this critical reduction of blood flow to the cerebral cortex and blockage of the brain vessels: thrombosis, embolus, hemorrhage.


The characteristics of all  three is the same, that is the sudden onset. 



Arteriosclerosis associated with hypertension or high blood pressure is the commonest aetilogy of strokes. The medical concern for persons with high cholesterol counts was that plaque forms in gradually narrowing blood vessels. We are now aware there are two types of cholesterol. The good cholesterol is essential for the body nutrition and transport of the important nutrients. 



When material too large to pass through the artery results in a sudden occlusion of those four arteries supplying the brain. This type of stroke can occur when fat is released from a major hip fracture. We then refer to it as a fat embolus.


Remember this can happen suddenly and without any warning.




The least common of the three causes of stroke is the rupture of a blood vessel to or through the brain. The arterial aneurysm is most frequent especially in the circle of willis. Aneurysms are cause by a thinning of the arterial walls.


The difference in such a stroke is that it might begin as a slow or small leakage. The symptoms then give the medical profession time to do surgical intervention to prevent a complete CVA.


TIA (Trans Ischaemic Attack)


One of my closest friends came down with a TIA or Transient Ischaemic Attack. In this case one is in the process of developing a stroke. It requires urgent and early medical attention.



Prevention of stroke is basic: 1. Proper control of blood pressure; 

2. Beware of agents like injectable birth control; 

3. Lowering of the bad cholesterol; 

4. Exercise regularly; 

5. Take Aspirin daily.



The most modern therapies all aim to bring oxygen to the brain while preventing narrowing of the arteries or development of plaque or embolus to the brain.


Hyperbaric Oxygen or Rectal Ozone


There are developing in the United States more and more centers that are treating stroke victims with hyperbaric oxygen in the hyperbaric chamber with very surprising positive results.


We at ABC Holyistic use rectal ozone and we are rebuilding two hyperbaric chambers. Dr. Charite has such a chamber but he is in Abaco primarily now. 


Stroke can result in sudden death or long term disability. 



Published  Tuesday, January 24, 2017 


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