Essay On Ischemic Stroke

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Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA), also referred to as a “stroke” is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when there is diminished blood flow being delivered to the brain. The two major types of strokes are ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic stroke occurs when there is an obstruction in the brain caused by a blood clot and a hemorrhagic stroke results in sudden bleeding in the brain when a blood vessel ruptures. National Institute of Neurological Disorders [NIND] (2011) reports that nearly 80 percent of strokes account for ischemic and 20 percent account for hemorrhagic strokes. Although strokes can occur differently, stroke survivors tend to share sudden common characteristics depending on the location of the stroke in the brain. …show more content…
In southeastern United States, Mississippi has the highest mortality rate due to strokes. Strokes are much more common among older people than younger adults, usually because the disorders that lead to strokes progress over time. Over two thirds of all strokes occur in people older than 65. Slightly more than 50% of all strokes occur in men, but more than 60% of deaths due to stroke occur in women, possibly because women are on average older when the stroke occurs. African-Americans are more likely than Caucasians to have a stroke and to die of it., there are about 27,000 reported cases of stroke each year. Nevertheless, almost 5,000 people in Mississippi will experience their first stroke this year and an excess of 1,500 will die. Strokes cost Mississippi an estimate of $150 million annually in medical expenses and $240 million in lost productivity and premature mortality (MSDH, 2012).The economic burden in caring for stroke patients are increasingly rising in health care with direct and indirect expenses in private and public health care

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