A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function due to lack of blood flow to or hemorrhage in the brain. A stroke constitutes an emergency situation. It is a life-threatening, serious medical condition.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is severely reduced or interrupted, depriving a person's brain tissue of nutrients and oxygen. The cells of the brain start to die within minutes. Quick treatment is vital since it can minimize potential complications and brain damage.
Lack of blood flow to an area of the brain is caused by arteriosclerotic plaque that has built up in the brain’s vessels, detach and forming blood clots. Another cause is a clot that originates in the heart (thrombus) due to a heart disorder, usually in the context of atrial fibrillation (see article on atrial fibrillation). Hemorrhages occur predominantly in patients with high blood pressure or hemodilution. Depending on the area the stroke occurs in, patients may have different symptoms that sudden occur, such as paralysis, speech disorders, impaired sense of feeling, impaired awareness, or impaired sight.
Strokes require immediate medical attention, or permanent damage to the brain may increase and as well result in paralysis. The quicker the treatment begins after a stroke, the higher are the chances of recovery. Treatment involves dissolving clots with strong blood thinners and reestablishing blood flow to the affected area of the brain. The cause for the stroke needs to be discovered and treated accordingly.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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