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Stroke. Cerebrovascular accidents also known as strokes, occurs when blood supply of an artery stop getting to the brain. It is one of the leading causes of death throughout the world.

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John Vu Mrs. Wormley Anatomy & Physiology December 18, 2009 Stroke Cerebrovascular accidents also known as strokes, occurs when blood supply of an artery stop getting to the brain. It is one of the leading causes of death throughout the world. There are many factors that can lead to stroke, but there are also ways to treat it or even help prevent it. No matter how healthy people are or because of genetics it can still occur in anyone. Knowing more about diseases that occur more frequently can help save lives in this world. Strokes can be caused for many different reasons, but the most common cause is a blockage in the artery in the brain by a clot (thrombosis). The part of the brain that is suppose to receive the blood from the clotted artery won't get anymore blood nor oxygen. Not having a blood supply to the brain result in cells in that section to die. A clot could of formed due to risks of high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking. ...read more.

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Also, a diet containing five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day may reduce the risk of stroke too. (AmericanHeartAssociation) There are indications that you or someone else could be having a stroke. Symptoms include: trouble with walking, speaking, seeing, paralysis or numbness on one side of the body, or sudden headaches. While having a stroke you may stumble or be dizzy, losing balance, or losing coordination. You might not even be able to say hi or come up with simple words. Anything can happen while having a stroke, there is going to be difficulties whether it's physically or mentally. One minute you could be playing basketball and next thing you know, you are laying on the ground and you can't move. Sometimes a stroke might not give any warnings because it can be a temporary interruption of blood flow that may last a few minutes or a few hours without leaving any damaging effects. These temporary strokes are known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Strokes can pop up at any moment when you least expect it. ...read more.

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It can also disrupt the respiratory and cardiovascular system which can lead to death. People might have trouble breathing or their heart won't pump blood throughout the body anymore. Any system of the body can be damaged depending on what section of the brain is damaged. Some interesting facts that I found out was strokes are more common in the southeastern part of the United States. These are the so-called "stroke belt" states. There's some evidence that strokes are more common among low-income people than among more affluent people. I think the low-income people are more common to get a stroke than the rich because they can't always afford a healthy nutritious meal. The reason why I chose this topic is because my uncle had a stroke about a year ago. He is suffering from memory loss and the lack of comprehending. When you ask him a question about anything, he will respond in a very unusual way. He will randomly say something about another topic and you won't know what he is talking about. I wanted to learn more about this topic because it happened in my family and I want to know more about it. ...read more.

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