Stroke-Like Symptoms

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients

What are stroke-like symptoms?

Symptoms of strokes often include a sudden and severe headache, numbness or weakness in the face, leg, or arm on one or both sides, full or partial paralysis of the face, leg, or arm on one or both sides, blurred or diminished vision in one or both eyes, trouble swallowing, difficulty speaking or understanding speech, and general confusion.

Treatment for stroke-like symptoms:

  • Emergency IV medication
  • Emergency endovascular procedures
    • Medications delivered directly to the brain
    • Removing the clot with a stent retriever
  • Surgical clipping
  • Coiling
  • Surgical AVM removal
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery

Seeking Treatment + What to Expect

When you visit one of our iCare Emergency Room & Urgent Care locations, our medical team, led by an experienced ER physician will immediately assess your situation, employ life saving intervention as needed or review medical history interview and a physical examination.  Our team may perform further tests, such as chest X-rays, or blood tests. Once you are diagnosed, you will be treated in a variety of ways depending on the type and severity of your condition.  In the event of a stroke, the patient would require hospitalization or other procedures that we do not offer at iCare, we are able to transfer them to a hospital for admission.

Sources: Mayo Clinic