CEREBRAL EMBOLISM, STROKE AND ANEURYSM
Category : Circulatory System
Cerebral embolism or Vascular Cerebral blockage occurs when the blood flow, which irrigates a certain area of brain cells stop, causing neurons to die because they stop getting oxygen and nutrients for certain period of time (3.5 to 6 minutes).
This blockage may be caused by: Atherosclerosis (see: atherosclerosis) which produces a blood clot that may come from a different part of the body from a hemorrhage or artery breakage. There is a strong similarity between cerebral embolism and heart attacks. The difference is that in the latter the fibers of the heart muscle die, whereas in the brain the neurons die.
Aneurysm is an arterial dilation or enlargement due to high blood pressure. Aneurysms are very dangerous because they exert pressure on tissues wherever they are found. They can rupture the artery in that area producing a hemorrhage. The damage depends on the place where the aneurysm is located. If it is located in the brain, the person may be semi-paralyzed on one side or one eye, etc. This can also occur in other parts of the body.
Symptoms: are related to the functions belonging to the affected area: the movements on one side of the body are generally harmed including arms, legs and face muscles. On the other hand memory functions are affected according to the side of the embolism. For example, if the embolism were on the left side, speaking would be affected. The person would recognize things but he would not know what to call them. He or she would be able to remember what happened in infancy or in the distant past but would not be able to remember what happened a short while ago or yesterday. All these symptoms may vary depending on the affected area. Only a study done by a neurologist would be able to determine the situation and the action to be taken.
Causes: High blood pressure, obesity, arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, diabetes, age and smoking are factors which encourage embolism.
Suggestion: The best treatment is prevention. Physiotherapy and speech therapy are normally the best way to rehabilitate; nevertheless adequate nutrition plays an important role. A diet low in sodium (salt) lowers blood pressure; food low in cholesterol will also help prevent embolism. Studies done in 1965 (Trormier, H) and 1972 (Gautherie, M) reported that Ginkgo Biloba
produces a dilation of the blood vessels which in turn causes a decrease in arterial pressure. In his book, Ginkgo Biloba, Dr. Frank Murray mentions a great number of studies done on persons suffering from problems related to vascular occlusion, whether embolisms or thrombosis, to whom Ginkgo Biloba was administered and the results were compared to those of control groups which had not received the product and an improvement was noted. The improvement is due to a greater quantity of blood, loaded with oxygen and nutrients, reaching the damaged areas so that the nerve cells are re-established quicker, allowing the person’s damaged faculties to improve.
In addition, due to the dilation of the blood vessels obtained, a future embolism is prevented. It’s worth mentioning that the damaged cells (neurons) never recuperate and are lost forever. In this case, the brain abets itself of other areas that are in good shape, making them carry out the functions left by the damaged neurons. An improved diet with food supplements can help to achieve this function. It is recommended to read the article by Dr. Bohmer, D., “The Treatment of Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease with Ginkgo Biloba Extract” Herz/Kreisauf, publisher, 1988. In addition to this, the intake of garlic should be included (this is an anticoagulant), as well as Vitamin-C and B- Complex vitamins which help keep blood vessels strong. Vitamin E will help prevent the formation of blood clots.