Types of Stroke

schemic Strokes are caused by blockages in a blood vessel and are responsible for 85% of all strokes. This blockage can be a result of a blood clot or fatty plaque that is moving through the bloodstream and gets caught in a narrow part of the blood vessel.

Hemorrhagic Strokes are the less common type of stroke and are the result of a blood vessel supplying blood to a section of the brain bursting and can be the result of an accident. Hemorrhagic strokes will often create pressure in the brain from the leaking blood causing headache.

Symptoms of a Stroke

Because the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and the left side controls the right, stroke symptoms, when one side is affected, will produce symptoms on the opposite side of the body.

  • Sudden change in vision
  • Sudden onset of a headache
  • Sudden weakness of the arm, leg or face on one side of the body
  • Sudden numbness of the arm, leg or face on one side of the body
  • Sudden onset of speech problems and/or confusion

Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms should immediately seek medical attention.

Many of the long term effects of a stroke can be minimized greatly by immediate treatment available at a hospital emergency department.

Risk factors for strokes

  1. High blood pressure
  2. High LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  3. Smoking – number of years smoking and amount smoked increase risk
  4. Physically inactive
  5. Obesity
  6. Alcohol abuse
  7. Use of cocaine or amphetamines
  8. Diabetes
  9. Age – chance of stroke increases with age

THIS MATERIAL DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE. IT IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN FOR SPECIFIC TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS.

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