Beau Biden, 41, son of vice-president Joe Biden is recovering from a mild stroke at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was transferrd after being admitted to admitted on Tuesday to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware.
According to CNN.com, “Dr. Timothy Gardner, a top doctor with Delaware’s Christiana Care Health System, said Tuesday that Biden was in ‘good spirits and talking with his family.’
” ‘He is fully alert, in stable condition and has full motor and speech skills,’ Gardner said. ‘We expect him to make a complete recovery.’ ” Beau Biden progressing after stroke, Delaware Justice Dept. says
What is a stroke?
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into the spaces surrounding brain cells.
“Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood or there is sudden bleeding in the brain.
“The symptoms of a stroke include:
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech;
- sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes;
- sudden trouble with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination;
- or sudden severe headache with no known cause.
There are two forms of stroke: ischemic – blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain, and hemorrhagic – bleeding into or around the brain. Stroke Information Page: National Institute of Neurological …
What is treatment? Most often the most popular classes of drugs used to prevent or treat stroke are antithrombotics (antiplatelet agents and anticoagulants) and thrombolytics.
What are the risk factors?
- Age — The chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after age 55. While stroke is common among the elderly, a lot of people under 65 also have strokes.
- Heredity (family history) and race — Your stroke risk is greater if a parent, grandparent, sister or brother has had a stroke. And it is more common
- Sex (gender) — Stroke is more common in men than in women.
There are many other pieces of information that are vital — know the Stroke Risk Factors
Advice from primary stroke centers
“When you or someone else is having a stroke, every minute counts. If you’re having any of the stroke warning signs, you want to know that you are going to a facility that can help you as quickly as possible. Learn where your nearest stroke-certified hospital is by typing in your address or zip code. Be prepared! Certified Primary Stroke Centers
What is certification?
The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services you provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. Primary Stroke Center Certification | Joint Commission
If you or a member of your family is at risk for stroke, be prepared and find a center nearest you.
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