Pediatric Heart Stroke

Pediatric Heart Stroke

Pediatric heart stroke can happen in infants, children and even before birth. Signs are often missed in children because there is a lack of awareness that strokes can happen in this age group.

It’s important to work with your Pedatrician for prompt diagnosis and treatment of stroke in children.

PERINATAL HEART STROKE

CHILDHOOD HEART STROKE

Babies in few months of pregnancy to 1-month-old. Babies from 1-month-old to 18 years

Causes of Perinatal Stroke may include:

• Congenital heart disease.
• Disorders of the placenta.
• Blood clotting disorders.
• Infections (e.g. Meningitis).

Signs of a Perinatal stroke may go unrecognized for months or years because the signs can be subtle.

Risk factors that could lead to stroke.

NEWBORNS Warning Signs:

Seizures may be an early sign.
• Repetitive twitching of face, arm or leg.
• Apnea (pauses in breathing) associated with staring.

DEVELOPING CHILDREN Warning Signs:

• Decreased movement or weakness on one side of the body.
• Showing a hand preference, or consistently reaching out with only one hand before 1 year of age.

DON’T DELAY:
• Quick recognition Prompt medical evaluation and treatment.
• Early diagnosis Rehabilitation treatment can start while a young brain is still developing.
• Prompt diagnosis and treatment of stroke in children is as critical as it is in adults.

Causes of Stroke in Children may include:

• Congenital heart disease.
• Diseases affecting the brain’s arteries.
• Infections affecting the brain or other organs.
• Head trauma.
• Sickle cell disease.
• Autoimmune disorders.

No previous risk factor is identified in about half of childhood stroke cases.

ADDITIONAL STROKE SIGNS IN CHILDREN INCLUDE:

• Severe sudden headache, especially with vomiting and sleepiness.
• Weakness or numbness on one side of the body difficulty speaking or understanding others.
• Vision loss or double vision.
• Severe dizziness or loss of coordination.
• New-onset of seizures usually on one side of the body.
 

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