- Foods high in vitamin B and folic acid may be the trick to lowering stroke risk in hypertension patients.
- Scientists link high particulate matter air pollution to a narrowing of neck arteries that frequently occurs prior to strokes.
- Sleeping more than eight hours a day on a consistent basis can nearly double your stroke risk.
- Scientists challenge the age-old idea the Broca's area of the brain produces human speech.
- A year into their marriage, Don Schwab suffered a stroke that took away his voice. But communication has been better than ever.
- Fifty-five percent of parents with a child who has suffered a stroke experience at least one symptom associated with a PTSD.
- Drinking heavily during your middle-age years can increase your risk for a stroke more than any other risk factor.
- All stroke survivors face a high risk of suffering a second stroke, heart attack, hospitalization, or even death up to five years after the initial event.
- A stroke can cause major brain damage. But in far too many cases, doctors say, hospitals aren't giving patients recovery treatment that can prevent long-term effects.
- People with some brain impairment, such as dementia, have a significant 39 percent increased risk of stroke compared to people with normal brain function.
- Minor infections such as the flu or a common cold can increase a child's risk of suffering a stroke within three days of recovery.
- Smokers with low education levels put themselves at a dangerous risk of stroke, especially since they usually have high blood pressure too.
A stroke is the rapid loss of brain function(s) due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to ischemia (lack of blood flow) caused by blockage, or a hemorrhage. As a result, the affected area of the brain cannot function, which might result in an inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, inability to understand or formulate speech, or an inability to see one side of the visual field.