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Why Stroke Patients Get Hiccups?

Hiccups are familiar to everyone from their own experience at least a few times or more in their lives. It is more common in small babies. Hiccups are recurrent, spontaneous, irregular and brief contractions of the diaphragm along with a fast shutting of the glottis with an audible ‘hic’ sound.

Hiccups usually ends after a small interval of time. Attention distraction or drinking water are the commonly used methods to end hiccups. Till now, no satisfactory answers are found behind the psychological cause of hiccups. Because of the commonness of hiccups in fetuses and premature infants, some studies are in the assumption that hiccups might be some kind of isometric inspiratory muscle movements vital in the neonatal period of a human being.

Persistent hiccups after a stroke attack is a situation suffered by many stroke patients. There are two major kinds of strokes. The first is ischemic stroke and the latter is a hemorrhagic stroke.

In ischemic stroke, an artery is blocked and the blood flow to the brain is prevented. This is the predominant reason for the stroke of many patients.

In a hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain might burst or leak and the blood may cover the tissues of the brain results in paralysis and other severe health conditions.

Brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles may participate to make the involuntary movement called hiccups. A stroke may disrupt the breathing center of the brain of a person and that can cause hiccups.

Usually, hiccups do not require any specific treatment but it is not advisable for recovering stroke patients. If the hiccups after a stroke is prolonged, the cause of the hiccups should be found and corrected to prevent further damage to the health of the patient.

Prolonged hiccups may cause severe damage to one’s health, especially after a serious attack of stroke. Proper attention in a stroke management unit of the hospital can help the patient to overcome the situation. Effective medicines are available to stop the hiccups after a stroke. Correct prognosis and proper medication can remedy the situation fast and improve your health fast.

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