Stroke Essays

2684 Words Jun 23rd, 2004 11 Pages
Table of Contents

Definition 2
General Information 3
Types
Ischemic Stroke 4
Hemorrhagic Stroke 5
Stroke Warning Signs .6
Risk Factors
Treatable Risk Factors 7
How a CVA is Diagnosed 8
Medical Treatment
Emergency and Rehabilitation .9
Prevention and Prognosis 10
Effects of Stroke 11
Common Problems and Complications 12
Statistics 13
Cost Of Stroke to the United States 14
Final Data for 2000 14
Key Terms 15

Definition

A cerebrovascular accident more commonly known as a stroke or brain attack is the term used to describe the sudden death of brain cells in a localized area due to inadequate blood flow. In order to woke the brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients. This supply is carried to the brain
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A less common cause is the rupture of an arteriovenous malformation. An arteriovenous malformation is a cluster of abnormally formed blood vessels. The vessels most likely to break are those with preexisting defects. Stroke Warning Signs
Some people do have symptoms without having a completed stroke. These people experience temporary symptoms of a stroke that cause no permanent damage. These symptoms are warning signs of impending disaster. Usually the symptoms come on suddenly, but they can come on during sleep so that you wake up with them. Symptoms may vary depending on which part of the brain is affected and the size of the damaged area. In general, many people have more than one of these problems. Most of them are sometimes linked with nausea, or vomiting, and disorientation.
„« Sudden muscle weakness of the face, arm, or leg
Muscle weakness can affect any part of the body but most commonly affect the hand or arm, leg or face. The entire half of the body can even be affected.
„« Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sometimes people will have difficulties in finding the words or slurred speech. They also might have problems reading and writing. Some people have difficulties understanding speech and find it is almost like listening to a foreign language.
„« Sudden trouble seeing in one of both eyes
Some people will have double vision while others only loss vision in one eye. It is not

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