Embolic Stroke Symptoms Can Be Diagnosed at Tampa General Hospital

Embolic Stroke SymptomsRecognizing the symptoms of an embolic stroke is critically important in order to receive timely medical attention. An embolic stroke is a type of stroke that is typically the result of plaque buildup on artery walls. It occurs when a blood clot forms somewhere in the body – most commonly the heart – away from the brain. The clot then moves through the bloodstream and blocks brain arteries.

Embolic stroke symptoms are sudden, and usually resemble those of other types of strokes. The symptoms include:

  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Paralysis on one side of the body
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

An embolic stroke is an ischemic stroke, a type of stroke categorized by when a buildup of fatty deposits and cholesterol form an obstruction in the blood vessels of the brain, thus hindering blow flow to the brains cells. Approximately 85 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes, and they require specialized and immediate care. Tampa General Hospital, which is a state-designated comprehensive stroke center, has one of the largest neuroscience intensive care units in the country and provides rapid diagnoses, emergency care, and dedicated stroke treatment services. Our team of stroke specialists – which includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, physicians, neuroradiologists, and other medical professionals – offers stroke treatment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our facility is host to cutting-edge diagnostic technologies that allow us to diagnose and promptly begin treatment on stroke patients.

If you believe that you or someone around you is experiencing embolic stroke symptoms, call 9-1-1 and ask for transportation to the nearest comprehensive stroke center. The longer the signs of an embolic stroke are not identified and treated, the more increased the risk of severe brain damage becomes.