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Memory Loss and Stroke

by | Nov 21, 2023

How are they connected? Understand the relationship between memory loss and stroke with insights from our specialized stroke clinic in Singapore. Explore symptoms, strategies, and tips to navigate memory challenges post-stroke.

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Memory Loss After Stroke

Many stroke victims discover that they have issues with their memory following the stroke. The Stroke Association in the United Kingdom states the following about the potential memory issues that one might face when dealing with the aftermath of a stroke.

Many people have problems with their memory after a stroke, especially in the first weeks and months. It often affects short-term memory more than long-term. Someone might find it hard to remember something they have just been told. but might recall something that happened ten years ago.

Memory issues might decline as time passes after a stroke for some individuals. However, it is still a highly frightening thing for someone to have to go through. Knowing that this is a real possibility is something that everyone should be prepared for in the event that they or a loved one suffers a stroke. 

Types of Memory Loss

There are different types of memory loss that one might suffer from. It is best to try to understand the variety of different types of memory loss that one might suffer. Examples of the different types of memory loss out there include: 

  • Long-Term Memory – These are memories stored in the brain about events, people, and places from long ago in one’s personal life story.
  • Short-Term Memory – These are memories that one retrieves from the very recent past. This could be something as simple as remembering which team won a sporting event that you watched last night or recalling what you had for lunch that day. 
  • Spatial Memory – This type of memory relates to the ability to recall the location of objects in a given environment. It is a necessary type of memory for humans and all mobile animals. 

It is possible for someone who suffers a stroke to lose any of these types of memories. It is most common for stroke sufferers to experience at least a temporary loss of their short-term memories, but this can vary from person to person. 

 

Memory Loss Symptoms

There are some tell-tell signs related to memory loss that one should be on the lookout for. These include:

  • Asking the same questions over and over again
  • Getting lost in a place that is well-known to the individual
  • Difficulty remembering things that were once easy to remember

All of these are potential symptoms of memory loss. Although it is possible for anyone to struggle with these types of things from time to time, the constant persistence of these symptoms is a troubling sign that the individual is suffering memory loss issues.

Memory Loss Tips

There are individual steps that one can take to help improve the symptoms of memory loss for a given individual. It is best to try to stave off memory loss issues before they begin to impact one’s life. A few tips to help reduce memory loss issues include the following: 

  • Remain Physically Active Each Day – Regular physical activity improves blood flow throughout the body and can help with memory issues.
  • Spend Time With Others – We are social creatures as human beings, and it is essential that we spend time around others whenever possible. Therefore, it is important to remain connected socially with others. 
  • Get Good Quality Sleep – The quality of your sleep directly contributes to the functionality of your memory. Try to get high-quality sleep as often as possible. 

You can directly apply all of these tips to your life today and begin to improve the quality of your memory. There are medication treatments for memory loss as well and a stroke specialist will advise on proper medical management depending on your condition.

Work to Avoid Memory Loss Problems Today With Us

You can take steps to directly improve your chances of avoiding memory loss problems today. At Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic, we are all about educating the public about the risks associated with having a stroke. Memory loss is one of the major risks that you or a loved one might face, and we want to help prepare you for the ways that you can deal with these issues. Please contact us for more information on the connection between strokes and memory loss. 

 

How to Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

Remember that every second counts and the faster the stroke is treated, the more likely the patient can recover. F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember and know the most common stroke warning signs.

Consult a Stroke Specialist in Singapore

Dr. Manish Taneja, is an expert in endovascular and image guided neurointerventional procedures of brain and spine. It’s important to find a stroke specialist and doctor you can trust in Singapore. He has special interest in treatment of brain aneurysms, stroke and vascular malformations. Come in for a further evaluation. Arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our stroke specialist.

 

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Stroke Resources

Warning Signs of Mild Stroke

Discover the early warning signs of a mild stroke (Transient Ischemic Attack) at our specialized stroke clinic in Singapore. Learn about the subtle symptoms that may signal a TIA and the importance of prompt medical attention. 

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We’ve Got You Covered for Specialized Stroke Screening, Prevention, and Management

Imagine heart attacks where the blood flow to your heart is blocked. Similarly, a stroke occurs when the blood flow to your brain is interrupted becoming a “brain attack”. When blood supply does not reach a certain part, brain cells begin to die. Different types of stroke include ischemic strokes (blockage of blood vessel due to blood clot) or a mini stroke, a TIA (transient ischemic attack), with no permanent damage yet serious. Stroke also occurs when a blood vessel in the brain pops causing bleeding in the brain.

Certain areas of the brain can be affected by stroke and some symptoms of a stroke including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood sugar levels increase the risk of stroke whereas an active lifestyle or controlling high cholesterol reduces the risk. How well do you know stroke? Find tips to prevent and manage stroke, the differences in stroke screening tests, and the newer technology and treatments available. 

Supreme Vascular and Interventional Stroke Programs

Brain Aneurysm Resources

Discover brain aneurysm resources that go beyond the basics designed for patients. Understand the meaning of  a brain aneurysm condition, the causes, symptoms, signs, and more. Connect with your brain health.

Put Brain Aneurysm on Your Health Radar

Did you experience the worst headache of your life? Could it be a brain aneurysm that ruptures, which means bleeding in the brain? Thoughts could be racing through your mind. Then what is the difference between unruptured (a weak or thin spot on an artery in the brain that balloons) or ruptured brain aneurysm? If you’re wondering, then the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is here to help. It’s important to look out for the tell-tale brain aneurysm symptoms, signs, causes, and risk factors.

Dr. Manish Taneja has been performing brain aneurysm treatments since 1995 from surgical clipping to latest minimally invasive procedures. Each patient is unique as is the size and location of the aneurysm. Your brain has different conditions to treat the aneurysm and artery vessel walls of a blood vessel in the brain. This calls for personalised brain aneurysm treatment depending on your symptoms, family, history, medication, and more. A simple CT scan could be just what the doctor ordered and the first step in early detection and prevention of a brain aneurysm. Come in for an easy consultation with our brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore to be on your health radar.

Other Health Conditions

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various neurological conditions and treatments. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our neurointervention specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.