Risk Factors And Causes Of Strokes

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Eight hundred thousand people experience a new or reoccurring stroke every year. A stroke occurs when there is a lack of blood flow to the brain and is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. There are two types of strokes, Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. A stroke has many symptoms that can help one to know if they are having a stroke, about to have one, or have already had one. Along with these symptoms, there are risk factors that cause them. These risk factors are both controllable and uncontrollable. There are ways to avoid the controllable risk factors and ways to treat your symptoms. Strokes are most of the time avoidable. On December 10, 1996, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor had a massive stroke on the left hemisphere of her brain …show more content…
(pg. 109) “I celebrated the joy I felt and the lessons I had learned. I was touched by the daunting reality: I was a stroke survivor.” – Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. On April 24, 2006, Ricky Abele, my grandmother, had a massive stroke leading to her death on April 28, 2006. Her daughter, Dawn Fike, recalls her mother showing up at her house the morning of her stroke. Dawn says that Rickey began to slur her words as she spoke and managed to say she felt dizzy as she sat down on the couch. Rickey had a stroke in all four hemispheres of her brain at once. This affected all areas of her brain that control speech, balance, memory, etc. Not being able to control any part of her brain, she was declared legally brain dead and the doctors suggested she be pulled off the ventilator that was helping her breath. At the European Stroke Organization Conference of 2015, Keith Muir. MD. Presented phase one of a clinical study. In this study, they are delivering neural stem cells directly into the brain of a stroke patient. The study has shown no major harmful cell-related effects over 2 to 4 years follow up. The only …show more content…
Every four minutes someone dies from a stroke. There are many symptoms of strokes that are easy to detect. Decreased vision is caused by damage to the fibers that transmit visual information from the eyes to the brain. Double vision is caused by damage to the nerves responsible for moving the eyes and making sure both eyes are aligned. (c) Weakness can occur in the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body. (b)Weakness cannot occur on both sides of the body at once because of the hemiparesis. Hemi meaning “one side” and paresis meaning “weakness”. (b) A sudden and severe headache can appear with no known cause. (a) If the cerebellum is affected because of issues with the vertebral arteries, it can cause loss of balance. (www.emedicinehealth.com)When blood is not reaching the left frontal lobe where speech is controlled, you can suffer from loss of speech. Some never fully recover from their symptoms, and more than two thirds of survivors have some type of disability. (b) Strokes are the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. These symptoms do not come without cause. There are many risk factors that are both uncontrollable and controllable. Race is one that in uncontrollable. African Americans have been known

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