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A stroke is a sudden disabling attack or loss of consciousness caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain, especially through thrombosis.

Controllable Risk Factors:

   > High Blood Pressure

   > Atherosclerosis

   > Heart Disease

   > High Cholesterol

   > Smoking / Tobacco use

   > Atrial Fibrillation

   > Diabetes

   > Overweight or Obesity

   > Blood Disorders

   > Excessive Alcohol

   > Drugs

Uncontrollable Risk Factors:

   > Age

   > Gender

   > Race

   > Family History

   > Previous Stroke / Heart Attack

   > Transient Ischemic Attack

  > Artery Abnormalities

  > Fibro muscular Dysplasia


   > Trouble Seeing/ Blurry Vision

   > Difficulty speaking / Confusion

   > Weak arm / Leg

   > Dizziness / Loss of Balance

   > Pain

   > Severe Headache

   > Droopy Face

   > Fatigue or Mental Changes

   > Hiccups

   > Breathlessness / Heart Palpitations

Incidence Rate:

    140,000 people die from stroke each year in the United States

How Can It Be Prevented:

   >Lower blood pressure

   >Healthy weight

   >Diet and exercise

   >Treat diabetes if pertinent

   >Refrain from smoking



   >Cardiac Complications


   >Venous thromboembolism




Current Treatment:

   >Known as the Gold Standard, tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain being deprived of blood flow.

   >Remove blood clot by sending catheter to site of to site of blocked vessels in the brain

   >Metal clip may be placed at base of aneurysm to secure it

Diagnostic Tests:

> CT Scan - Check for bleeding in the brain

> EKG- Check for heart problems

Works Cited


"Stroke Treatments." Stroke Treatments. American Heart Association, n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2015.

"Result Filters." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

"Stroke: Causes and Risk Factors." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015.

"10 Stroke Symptoms Everyone Should Know." N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

"Stroke-Exams and Tests." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

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