Symptoms of a massive ischemic stroke begin with sudden severe headache, dizziness and loss of balance, according to Healthline. Blurred vision, difficulty talking, sudden confusion, and numbness and weakness on one side of the face can also occur.
The severity of the symptoms of stroke depends on the severity of the stroke itself, which can vary from almost unnoticeable to fatal. The more severe strokes are categorized as massive strokes. Complications from a massive stroke can result in paralysis, pain, speaking or memory problems and emotional issues,states Healthline.
Ischemic strokes occur as a result of the blockage of blood flow to a region of the brain by a clot, explains Healthline. The clot can form in the brain itself, or form elsewhere in the body and travel into the brain. The majority of strokes are ischemic strokes, with the other category of stroke being hemorrhagic strokes, when a blood vessel in the brain itself bursts, causing blood to seep into surrounding brain tissue.
Recovery from a massive stroke depends on how soon the sufferer receives emergency treatment, according to Healthline. In an ischemic stroke, treatment involves finding and dissolving the clot, usually with blood-thinners called thrombolytics. Recovering from complications of stroke, such as paralysis, may require rehabilitation or therapy.