Also referred to as a “brain attack,” stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain ceases or is impeded. When this lack of blood flow occurs, brain cells can’t get oxygen and start to die. When the brain cells die during a stroke, brain functions that are controlled in that section of the brain such as memory, speech, and muscle control are lost.
The degree which an individual is impacted by stroke depends on the area in the brain where the stroke occurs and how much damage is sustained due to the time of the stop of blood flow and cell destruction. For example, a person who suffers a small stroke may only have minor problems such as weakness of a limb. People who suffer larger strokes may experience more severe issues, such as permanent paralyzation on one side of their body or loss of speech. Some individuals can recover completely from stroke, but more than 2/3 of stroke survivors sustain some kind of disability.
There are 2 types of stroke.
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs as a result of a brain aneurysm burst or a blood vessel leak. It is less common of the two types of stroke, it is severe enough that it often results in death.
Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot.
Stroke can be caused by any number of risk factors, some are controllable and others are genetic and uncontrollable. Almost half of all strokes could have been prevented and result from the controllable risk factors.
Some of the controllable risk factors in crude the following:
Many of the controllable risk factors can be treated through a healthy lifestyle in conjunction with the guidance and assistance of a medical doctor.
Uncontrollable risk factors include the following:
Call 911 immediately if you suspect you or someone you know is showing signs or symptoms of stroke.
Getting immediate treatment for stroke can minimize damage and increase the potential for saving a life and having a stronger recovery.
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