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  1. Lumpy Rutherford says:

    >A stroke is caused by a blood clot

    That would be an ischemic stroke. You can also have a stroke due to an aneurysm, in which the wall of an artery can weaken.

  2. Yaakov Menken says:

    True — but the other types of stroke are hemorrhages themselves. The garden-variety stroke is ischemic, and I read over Shabbos confirmation that this is what Sharon had in December.

  3. yvonne pennink says:

    It is impossible to diagnose any case, without professional knowledge and analytical data. However, I also thought that Mr. Sharon might have had a hemorrhagic stroke. Reason? I had one myself, in 1981, and had similar symptoms, especially nausea, before and after the stroke. The eventual outcome can not now be predicted. After he regains conciousness there will be rehab, and both may be very lengthy, or may be not so much. If possible, it will take a lot of hard work and a strong will. If he gives up, there is not much chance. I blogged my “opinion” right after the first event on Arutz7, because I know from experience that it is easy not to get the right diagnosis right away. It is irritating that people give their “diagnoses” without data, especially for the patient and family, however, sometimes, if you have had a similar experience, you would want the real professionals to consider an alternative.

  4. Anne says:

    Mr. Sharon had both an ischemic stroke (the first one) and a hemmorhagic stroke. the second was why they did the surgeries, to reduce the pressure on the brain. Just wait, Yaakov, in 4B we’ll learn the Glasgow Coma Scale, and then you’ll really be able to assess Mr. Sharon’s mental status.

  5. Yaakov Menken says:

    Anne, agreed — the December one was an ischemic stroke, then he had the hemorrhage. I didn’t know until “Lumpy” prompted some further research that a brain hemorrhage is classified as a stroke, though it makes sense.

    I’m looking forward; in preparing GPC I pondered II.D.3.b)(2), which reads “Who is manifesting a rapidly decreasing GCS,” before remembering that we briefly mentioned it as a box on the MAIS form (used instead of AVPU). Now I know what the acronym stands for.

    Few readers will understand the above…

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