August 19, 2021
“We have state-of-the-art technology for the detection of stroke: transcranial duplex ultrasound, cerebral tomography and cerebral perfusion, brain MRI and angioresonance, as well as a modern digital subtraction angiograph. When a person suffers a cerebral infarction, every minute that passes two million neurons die, for this reason it is crucial to seek specialized help and act quickly ”, says Dr. Manuel Moquillaza, renowned endovascular neurologist at our clinic
What is a cerebrovascular accident (CVA)?
It is a neurological disease caused by the alteration of the cerebral blood vessels, both arterial and venous, leading to their rupture or obstruction. The most frequent cases are due to obstruction of the cerebral arteries, which we know as stroke, which represents 85% of all cerebrovascular accidents.
Which are the risk factors?
What are its symptoms?
Mainly, there are three symptoms: facial asymmetry (the drooping corner of the mouth), dysarthria (difficulty speaking words) and hemiparesis (decreased strength in the middle of the body). In second order we have: sudden vertigo (spinning sensation) and intense headache (headache).
At what age does a stroke usually occur?
Although older adults have a higher risk of suffering from ischemic or hemorrhagic cerebrovascular disease, there are cases of stroke in young people, such as Moya-Moya disease, vascular malformations and brain aneurysms.
Can a patient with COVID-19 suffer a stroke?
Yes. Of every 100 patients who suffer or have suffered COVID-19, two would have a stroke in the next 12 months.
Dr. Manuel Moquillaza
Endovascular Neurologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma