Stroke, CVA , TIA

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Stroke, Cardiovascular Accident, Transient Ischaemic attack

  • Description: A stroke is caused by poor blood supply to the brain. There are 2 types of stroke - Thrombotic stroke caused a blood clot blocking an artery feeding blood to the brain, and haemorrhagic stroke caused by a bleed into the brain (click here).
  • Thrombotic stroke - is most commonly caused by a clot or part of an atherosclerotic plaque breaking off and blocking the artery. Most commonly this comes from the carotid artery.This is ofter preceded by a transient stroke TIA where the symptoms occur for only a few minutes to hours. The Symptoms vary depending on what area of the brain is affected - weakness, paralysis, clouded consciousness, numbness or a pins and needles sensation.
  • Embolic stroke is similar but the blockage is caused by a clot usually from the heart, the most common cause of this is atrial fibrillation or from a heart valve.
  • Haemorrhagic stroke is caused by a bleed into the brain tissue caused by a ruptured artery. These are usually more severe, unconsciousness is quite common and well as the weakness, paralysis and altered sensation.

Read more about what steps you or your doctor can take to lessen the effects of, or help cure this condition.

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