Even a relatively minor stroke can leave patients with ongoing health issues. Family medicine specialist Khanh Bao Nguyen, M.D., provides primary care for people who have suffered a stroke; he also helps patients in Garden Grove, California, prevent stroke through lifestyle changes and medical management.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to an area of the brain is interrupted. The brain cells in the affected area begin to die from lack of oxygen, which can cause problems like memory loss, muscle weakness, visual changes, paralysis and speech deficits. The type and amount of damage depend on the location of the stroke, the severity or size of the stroke and how soon treatment is implemented.
High blood pressure is the number-one risk factor for a stroke; a blood pressure above 140/90 is considered high. Diabetes increases the risk of stroke because it also increases the risk of heart disease and kidney failure. Smoking, family history, and heart disease are also risk factors. Older people are more likely to have strokes, and women who use hormonal birth control have a slightly increased risk of stroke. African-American, Alaska Native and American Indian adults have a higher stroke risk than whites, Hispanics or Asian-Americans.
Many lifestyle habits increase the risk of stroke, and those can be changed or managed. For example, smoking, alcohol use, and illegal drug use all increase stroke risk. Overweight and obesity, as well as low levels of physical activity, increase the risk of high blood pressure that can lead to stroke. Stress and conditions like sleep apnea also increase the risk of high blood pressure. Many of these factors can be managed with lifestyle changes and other strategies based on medical advice.
Treatment depends on the type of stroke. An ischemic stroke — which causes a blood clot — is treated with a medication that dissolves the clot or that helps prevent blood clotting. Surgery can be used to open blocked arteries. A hemorrhagic stroke causes bleeding in the brain. If the stroke is caused by an aneurysm (a bulge in an artery), the surgeon may clip the aneurysm or insert a tiny coil to cause blood to clot and stop the bleeding. A stroke from a blood vessel malformation is treated with medication injected into the blood vessel, or with surgery.
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"I've had the pleasure of having Doctor Khanh Nguyen as my PCP for over a year now & have seen him enough times to know I am in great hands."