Golden Girl Rue McClanahan, 76, died today after suffering a stroke. Her manager, Barbara Lawrence told People magazine: “She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning. She had a massive stroke.” In November 2009, McClanahan had undergone bypass surgery. It was reported that she had had a mild stroke while recuperating from this surgery. Fellow Golden Girl co-star Betty White released a statement saying:
“Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasure our relationship… It hurts more than I ever thought it would, if that’s even possible.”
When people refer to a “massive stroke,” this usually refers to an episode where the blood flow to the brain is severely interrupted. This happens either because of a blocked or ruptured blood vessel. When the brain does not receive the blood and oxygen it needs, cells are destroyed. When a massive stroke occurs, the effects can be devastating; paralysis on one side of the body, inability to talk, or coma. Death can occur if bleeding occurs in a part of brain associated with vital functions such as breathing or control of heart rate or blood pressure.
We’ve touched upon several issues relating to strokes in the following articles:
Garrison Keillor Hospitalized with Minor Stroke – warning signs of stroke
Charlie Daniels Suffers Mild Stroke– use of TPA to treat strokes
Bret Michaels in Intensive Care Unit with Brain Hemorrhage- Hemorrhagic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage
Beau Biden Hospitalized with Mild Stroke– Stroke in younger individuals, Modifiable risk factors for stroke
Left: An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel supplying the brain becomes blocked, as by a clot.
Right: A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts, leaking blood into the brain.
It never hurts to remind us all what the symptoms of a stroke are, as time is of the essence when it comes to survival and recovery!
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