Embolic Stroke Can Be Treated at Tampa General Hospital
An embolic stroke is a type of ischemic stroke, or a blockage of blood flow to the brain. Embolic events begin when a clot forms somewhere other than the arteries that directly supply the brain with blood, such as the arteries of the heart. Such a clot can break off and travel through the arteries of the body before becoming lodged in the narrower vessel that provides the brain with blood, thereby stopping the flow of oxygen to the tissue. An embolic stroke is typically a result of plaque buildup along artery walls. It can also be caused by an abnormal heartbeat like atrial fibrillation; the blood can pool and clot because it isn’t being pumped effectively, and these clots can travel throughout the bloodstream.
Certain risk factors make some people more prone to experiencing an embolic stroke – or any other type of stroke. Such factors include:
- Having high blood pressure
- Being obese
- Not exercising regularly
- Having diabetes
- Having a family history of stroke, heart attack, and related conditions
- Being older than 55
Embolic stroke produces symptoms that resemble the symptoms of other types of strokes. Affected people may feel weak, numb, or even paralyzed on one side of their body. They may be suddenly confused and unable to comprehend speech, or begin slurring their words. In some cases, a stroke is accompanied by a severe headache that may induce dizziness or vomiting. If someone is experiencing any of these embolic stroke symptoms, it is vital to seek immediate medical attention. Call 9-1-1 immediately and ask for transportation to the nearest comprehensive stroke center for prompt care.
Tampa General Hospital is a comprehensive stroke center serving people who have experienced an embolic stroke or any other type of stroke. We have extensive technological resources as well as a staff of dedicated stroke specialists that are available 24/7. With one of the largest neuroscience intensive care units in the country, we can provide rapid diagnoses, emergency care, and begin treatment and rehabilitation as soon as possible. We also provide preventive measures to help prevent future strokes.