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Stroke

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Stroke facts

  • A stroke occurs when part of the brain loses its blood supply and stops working. This causes the part of the body that it controls to stop working as well.
  • A stroke is also called a cerebrovascular accident or CVA.
  • Ischemic strokes occur when a blood vessels becomes occluded. This may be due to a gradual narrowing or because a blood clot travels or embolizes to stop blood flow.
  • A hemorrhagic stroke describes bleeding into brain tissue, most often because of uncontrolled high blood pressure.
  • A stroke is a medical emergency. The patient or family needs to call 9-1-1 (activate EMS) to access emergency care.
  • From onset of symptoms, there is only a 3 to 4 1/2 hour window to use clot-busting drugs (thrombolytics) to try to restore blood supply to the affected part of the brain.
  • Remember FAST: Face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 9-1-1.
  • A transient ischemic attack or a TIA, describes a stroke that resolves usually within minutes. This is a warning sign that a stroke may occur in the near future.
  • People at risk for stroke include those who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and those who smoke. People with heart rhythm disturbances are also at risk.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/2/2013

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Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/stroke_symptoms_and_treatment/article.htm

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