A stroke, whether ischemic or hemorrhagic, is a medical emergency.
A stroke, whether ischemic or hemorrhagic, is a medical emergency. When the blood supply to a part of your brain is interrupted or reduced a stroke occur and the window to evaluate, investigate and treat is very short. Managing stroke patients is a high priority for the neurosurgeons of GHNC. Dr. Shedden works closely with CHI-St. Luke's The Woodlands Comprehensive stroke program to handle these cases.
There are two forms of stroke: ischemic, blockage of a blood vessel to the brain, and hemorrhagic, which is bleeding into or around the brain.
Symptoms that can occur are:
- Sudden numbness or weakness to one side
- Trouble speaking
- Vision problems
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Sudden and severe headache
- Impaired consciousness
- FAST (face, arm, speech, time)
Treatment and Prevention
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.