Today, we will be going over one of the two major acute Ischemic Strokes, the Thrombotic Stroke.
Thrombotic Strokes are caused by a blood clot forming in one of the brain’s arteries. There are two different types of Thrombotic Strokes:
- Large Vessel Thrombosis: In this particular case, the blood clot forms in one of the brain’s larger arteries.
- Small Vessel Disease: In contrast with the Large Vessel Thrombosis, the Small Vessel Disease is where the blood clot forms in one of the brain’s smaller arteries.
What are the factors that make someone a good candidate for Thrombotic Stroke?
- High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol
- Family History
Now that we know who will be a good candidtate for Thrombotic Stroke, are there any signs to watch for?
Keep reading and find out.
Watch for the signs.
- Weakness or even paralysis in a part of the body or an entire side of the body depending on where the clot forms.
- Problems with vision and even total loss of vision
- Balance and walking difficulties
- Speech difficulties that may include a loss of verbal speech
- The ablility to use your hands and arms become corrupted.
- Severe headaches
- Isssues with consciousness
Keep in mind that these signs maybe signs of something else. Once you experience these symptoms, seek medical help immiediately.
How is Thrombotic Stroke diagnosed?
Your doctor will want a picture of your brain via a CT scan or an MRI scan. This will help the doctor determine whether a clot exists or not.
Other ways that a doctor can find out whether you have a Thrombotic Stroke or not is using a chest X-ray, an echocardiogram, or a Doppler ultrasound.
The chest X-ray will reveal if you indeed have a Thromobic Stroke or something else.
The echocardiogram will reveal irregular heart rythyms. This will help him or her determing whether your stroke is Thrombotic or Embolic (Embolic Strokes explained in a future article.)
The Doppler ultrasound evaluates blood flow through blood vessels by the use of sound to create a picture of your large neck arteries called cartoid arteries. These arteries are responsible for sending blood and oxygen to the brain. https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=us-carotid
If the doctor opts for a CT scan and he or she discovers that there is bleeding on the brain, then what you have is a Hemorrhagic Stroke which is treated diffently than a Thrombotic Stroke.
For more information on Hemorrhagic Stroke, check out my article entitled BLOOD ON THE BRAIN.
An important note here: If you had a Throombotic Stroke, you are at a high risk of having another one.
Now that we know about Thrombotic Strokes, we will now discuss the steps we need to take in order to prevent us from falling victim to them.
Help Yourself Prevent Thrombotic Stroke:
While nothing in life is a “sure thing”, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting a Thrombotic Stroke if you follow these preventative measures.
- High Blood Pressure Check: as with any kind of stroke or other medical issue, having your blood pressure checked could mean the difference between living healthy and dying young.
- Cholesterol: As with High Blood Pressrue, keep your cholesterol in check and have it checked often.
- Diabetes: if you are Diabetic, you already have one strike against you. So keep your sugar in check.
- Excersise: Keep your blood pumping and stay active. A lazy person has lazy organs and lazy blood.
- Diet: eat right, or Die from It.
- Smoking: This will render you powerless against Thrombotic Strokes along with other medical issues.
Finally, we will look over the treatment options for Thrombotic Strokes
What are my Treatment Options?
- Clot-busting drugs: This is necessary in order to prevent history from repeating itself.
- Heparin: This is a drug used to make sure that the clots you already have do not become any larger.
- Low-dose asprin regiment- An asprin regiment enables your blood to become thinner thus preventing it from clotting. https://www.webmd.com/stroke/news/20000601/aspirin-after-stroke-helps-prevent-another
Thrombotic Strokes are nothng to mess around with. If you even suspect that you are having one, or any other kind of medical issue, please: SEEK MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY.
Stay tuned for my next article where we will go over the other Ischemic Stroke: the Embolic Stroke.
Take care of your body and it will take care of you.