Types Of Strokes, Ischemic And Hemorrhagic Essay example

2017 Words Sep 24th, 2015 9 Pages
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 at only age 37, inspiring her to become a neuroanatomist, author, and public speaker. It took Dr. Taylor eight years to recover from her stroke. Dr. Taylor’s diagnosis was a major hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain, due to an undiagnosed congenital malformation of the blood vessels in her head. (pg. 1) She quotes “By the end of that morning, I could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of my life.” (pg. 1) Dr. Taylor has said she remembers waking up and feeling a sharp piercing pain in her brain directly behind her left eye. Dr. Taylor realized exactly what was going on once her other symptoms appeared. She knew she was having a stroke, but she did not know what type. But it was too late; by the time she realized what was…

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