If your loved one has gone into a coma after stroke, we know it can be a very frightening time.
Today, we’ll provide some answers to help you understand what’s going on.
1. What Is a Coma After Stroke?
When someone goes into a coma, the person enters a prolonged state of unconsciousness. They are alive but unresponsive to their environment and cannot be awakened.
2. What Causes a Coma?
Comas are usually caused by injury to the brain from trauma like stroke.
A stroke occurs when the supply of blood to the brain is compromised by either a clogged artery (ischemic stroke) or burst artery (hemorrhagic stroke).
This disturbance in the brain can increase intracranial pressure, cause loss of oxygen, and start a buildup of toxins, which can all lead to a coma.
3. What Types of Stroke Lead to Coma?
Coma after stroke is not well-documented or studied, but there are two patterns that have emerged:
4. How Long Will the Coma Last After Stroke?
This is a very tricky question. Since every stroke is different, the duration of the coma will be different for everyone.
It depends on the size and location of the stroke.
Unfortunately, some people never come out of a coma after stroke. We know this can be very upsetting news, but some people, however, do make it through.
It’s possible to wake up after days or weeks, and in some cases, even months.
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Stroke-Induced Coma Survivors
We know that the idea of losing someone in a coma after stroke can be very distressing, but don’t lose hope!
We recently heard of a man who came out of his stroke-induced coma after 6.5 weeks!
While it hopefully won’t take your loved one that long to wake up, it shows that there’s still hope, even in seemingly grim situations.
5. What Can I Do to Help My Loved One in a Coma?
If your loved one is in a coma, talk to them.
It’s possible that someone in a coma can still hear, so talk to your loved one and speak words of encouragement.
While it’s not guaranteed that they can hear you, it’s definitely worth the effort on the off-chance that they can.
And it can also be therapeutic to you.
Taking Care of the Caregiver
Take good care of yourself during this time, too.
Since the prognosis for coma after stroke can be grim, you might start going through the stages of grief.
Allow yourself time to take care of yourself and cope with these heavy emotions.
What to Do If They Wake Up
If your loved one wakes up from coma, that’s amazing! It certainly deserves a celebration.
After recovering from a coma, there’s a long road to recovery ahead.
It will require hard work, but recovery is possible.
Never give up hope.