Stroke is a loss of neurological function caused by interruption of blood flow to the brain. There are two major types of strokes and they are listed below.
To be classified as a stroke, symptoms must be present for at least 24 hours. Symptoms include impairments of sensory, motor, cognitive, perceptual, and language functions. Patients will have symptoms present on the side of the body opposite of the brain insult and they will result in the one of the following:
Symptoms may spontaneously resolve within 3 weeks, but residual symptoms may be present after 3 weeks causing permanent disability. Males are affected more than females. It is the leading cause for chronic disability. Fourteen percent of people who survive a stroke will have another one within 1 year.
Strokes are preventable and listed below are behaviors that can be changed in order to reduce your chances of having a stroke.
Modifiable Risk Factors
In some cases people are predisposed to having strokes because of factors that are out of our control. Below is a list of things that are inherent and thus non-modifiable as it relates to the risks associated with strokes.
Non-Modifiable Risk Factors
Early Warning Signs includes the following