By: Hope Fisher, Olivia Johnson
Definition: A stroke is the sudden death of brain cells in a localized area due to inadequate blood flow
Causes: Strokes occur due to problems with the blood supply to the brain; either the blood supply is blocked or a blood vessel within the brain ruptures.
Symptoms: Vision problems, weakness on one side of the body, dizziness, slurred words, sensory changes like touch, smell, and hear.
Diagnostic tests: Brain computed temography, magnetic resonance imaging, carotid ultrasound, heart tests, and blood tests.
Each year 795,000 people suffer from strokes.
Prevention: Reduce weight, control blood pressure, no smoking, reduce sodium, exercise, eat less fat, reduce stress, control cholesterol.
Risk factors/complications: Speech problems, loss of muscle control, swallowing difficulty, numbness, pain, depression, shortened life span
Treatment options: Drug treatment or Mechanical devices to break up or remove blood clots
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