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STROKE (Cerebrovascular Accident)

Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) occurs when there is the death of brain cells due to a lack or absence of oxygen. This condition occurs when there is impaired blockage or rupture of an artery to the brain. When a blood vessel ruptures in the brain it is called a stroke. The symptoms of a stroke will depend on what part of the brain affected. However, the most common sign of stroke is weakness or paralysis to one side of the body. Additional symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty in speaking or understanding. When a stroke occurs the individual may be confused as to what is going on. Slurred speech is common due to facial paralysis.
  • Paralysis to the muscles of the face. A person who is having a stroke may develop sudden weakness or paralysis in the face and to the extremities on the side affected. A health care provider may ask the person to raise both arms together and if one arm falls off or there is the inability to raise both arms at the same height, it is possible that he or she may have a stroke. Drooling may also be common due to facial paralysis.
  • Vision problems. Blurred or blacken vision may be common in one or both eyes. Double vision is another sign a person is having a stroke.
  • Headache. A severe headache accompanied by vomiting, nausea and altered consciousness is another sign that an individual is having a stroke.
  • Walking problems is a common sign due to the other symptoms experienced such as double vision and paralysis.

Stroke can be caused by several factors. When an artery is blocked or there is a leaking or ruptured artery it can cause a stroke. There are two types of strokes: Ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.

Ischemic stroke occurs when the brain arteries have become narrowed or blocked. This will disrupt the blood flow to the brain. Examples of Ischemic stroke is a thrombotic stroke or embolic stroke.
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a brain artery leaks or ruptures. Bleeding in the brain is caused by many factors, including high blood pressure, excessive anticoagulant treatment or intake and aneurysms. Examples of hemorrhagic stroke are intracerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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If you think you are suffering from Stroke you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Stroke as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).