Ischemic stroke occurs when blood stops flowing to part of your brain and cells begin to die. Depending on what area of the brain is affected, one can experience a loss of movement, speech, understanding and, if extensive enough, death. A patient's lifestyle choices and proper physician management can avoid many strokes and minimize the impact of those that do occur. When patients fail to modify risk factors and physicians fail to provide necessary care, a stroke can strike at any time. Here are some things you should know:
Stoke Prevention Guidelines for women have just been issued by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) to reduce their risk of stroke. The issue of how men and women differ in their stroke risks has long been discussed so these guidelines are welcomed. The stroke prevention guidelines were published in a recent issue of Stroke and set forth methodology to determine a stroke risk score specifically for women. Each year, there are 55,000 more strokes in women than men. While stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in men, it is the 3rd leading cause of death in women. The guidelines point out that it critical to identify women at risk for stroke and to implement preventive care.