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We've learned that having Migraines increases our risk of stroke . That makes it even more important for us to learn about stroke and discuss reducing our risk factors for stroke with our doctors.
Saturday, October 29, is World Stroke Day. The theme of the day is One in Six: Act Now! It highlights the reality that one of every six people worldwide has a stroke. Stroke is the second-leading cause of death in the world behind heart disease. In the United States, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies of one every three to four minutes.
The World Stroke Organization, which sponsors World Stroke Day annually, encourages us to Act Now by taking these six challenges to lower stroke risk:
Know the risk factors for stroke— high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and high blood cholesterol — and keep them in a healthy range.
Be physically active.
Eat a healthy diet.
Limit alcohol consumption.
Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to ...
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A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain. A stroke is sometimes called a "brain attack."
Cerebrovascular disease; CVA; Cerebral infarction; Cerebral hemorrhage; Ischemic stroke; Stroke - ischemic; Cerebrovascular accident; Stroke - hemorrhagic
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
A stroke happens when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted because a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts open.
If blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen. Brain cells can die, causing permanent damage.
There are two major types of stroke: ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.
Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. This may happ...
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