Over a half a century ago, when individuals spoke of diseases like high blood pressure, cancer, stroke and what have you, we all associated the complications with old age. Over fifty years down the line, this is no longer the case anymore. These old age diseases have somehow successfully crept into the so-called young generation and currently, any individual irrespective age can suffer from either of the complications.

Stroke is a complication that results from the interruption of blood supply to the brain. The blood supply interruption leads to the brain being deprived of sufficient oxygen or nutrients causing its cells to die. Victims of stroke often suffer from seizures that cause them to shake violently and completely lose control and are often mistaken for a stroke.

Facts on post-stroke seizures

ufwejsauijzdreerStroke and seizures should not be confused at all because they have vast differences. A seizure is typically short lived and the individual recovers after a short time, on the other hand, a stroke is a longer lasting episode and in many cases, it leaves some permanent damage on the victim. Individuals who have suffered a stroke are more likely to suffer from seizures. Statistics indicate that a risk of seizure after stroke is high during the first thirty days post stroke. In the old generation, just half of newly diagnosed cases of epilepsy originate from a first thirty days post stroke.

What studies shows about post-stroke seizures

Further study indicates that seizures post-stroke are slightly more likely to happen in cases of hemorrhagic rather than ischemic stroke. Approximately 36,500 of the 730,000 individuals who suffer from stroke each year experience seizures post stroke. Seizures result from or occur when there is a scar on the brain. When the brain gets an injury from stroke, a scar is left, and this can trigger abnormal electrical activity that sparks a seizure. Stroke survivors who have not had seizures yet can reduce the risk by changing their lifestyle. Among the necessary adjustments is the control of weight and blood pressure. The increase of physical activities and consumption of a well-balanced diet can also help a great deal.

Most seizures last only a few second or minutes after which normal mental and physical functioning gets restored. In some cases like status epilepticus, individual experiences abnormally prolonged seizures and does not regain consciousness between the seizures. Typically, a seizure lasting more than five minutes is treated as status epilepticus condition and should be given immediate medical attention as it increases the mortality risk.