What is a CVA?

A cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or stroke is brain damage caused by a disruption of blood circulation, preventing oxygen in a specific part of this organ. It can also occur when arteries explode due to high pressure, creating a clot in the brain. The magnitude of this event will determine how severe the CVA will be.

For instance, an accident like a vehicle crash can cause brain injury and a CVA in the worst-case scenario. However, an accident is not necessary to suffer from this condition. Other factors can cause a cerebrovascular accident, which we will describe in the following sections.

Who can suffer from a CVA?

Age may be a factor, but accidents are the number one cause of CVA. People over 55 are more likely to suffer a cerebrovascular accident, yet the younger the person is, the more fatal it can be. The reason is that a young person’s blood circulation pumps faster and stronger than an older one – causing more damage and leaving more sequels.

Types of CVA

Ischemic Stroke
This form of stroke is the most typical. It occurs when the blood arteries in the brain become constricted or clogged, resulting in a drastic decrease in blood flow (ischemia), causing an oxygen reduction, and killing brain cells.

Hemorrhagic Stroke
When a blood artery leaks or breaks, a hemorrhagic stroke develops. Multiple disorders that alter the blood arteries might result in brain hemorrhages. Among the factors associated with this type of CVA are the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Abuse of blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants)
  • Trauma (such as a car accident)
  • Family history could be a factor. Some studies indicate that this can be hereditary.

Common CVA symptoms

Fortunately, if you pay attention to these warning signs, you can get treatment in time to avoid a stroke (CVA). You can call your doctor or 911 for medical emergencies if you present one or several of the following:

  • Frequent and intense headaches. If a headache persists for more than 72 hours, go to the emergency room immediately.
  • Difficulty moving around or walking naturally.
  • Dizziness.
  • Lack of fluency in communication and comprehension of others.
  • Unilateral paralysis of the face, arm, or both legs.

How can someone with CVA qualify for hospice care?

It is essential to point out that even when a person suffers from a CVA or a stroke, this does not mean they are eligible for hospice care. The most crucial factor is a life expectancy of six months or less.

These are other requirements to meet hospice criteria:

  • Palliative Performance Score or Karnofsky Score of less than or equal to 40%
  • Supported documentation of medical difficulties during the past 12 months
  • Showing signs of not responding to treatment and deterioration increases
  • The patient is bound to the bed and chair most of the time
  • Inadequate cognitive functions status
  • Requires help with everyday tasks (ADLs)
  • Incapable of maintaining enough hydration and calorie intake
  • Progressive weight reduction

Ascend Hospice Care

How does Ascend care for CVA patients?

How does Ascend care for CVA patients?

Ascend cares for patients with CVA to bring them comfort, peace, and support during these difficult times. We have experience and a specialized treatment program for patients currently dealing with CVA.

With our 24/7 care, hospice care is a personalized and tailored way to manage CVA. Hospice care is beneficial because it provides patients with emotional support throughout their final days. We can help provide a higher quality of life with our team of nurses and volunteers.