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Causes Of Strokes

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Each year more than 795,000 Americans have a stroke. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death for Americans but the risk of having a stroke varies with race and ethnicity. African Americans are more likely to die because the risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high for African Americans. Hispanics’ risk for a stroke is between whites and blacks. Age also has an impact on strokes as well. A risk of a stroke increases with age, strokes can and will occur at any age. But what causes people to have strokes? What exactly causes a stroke? A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is reduced. This deprives the brain of oxygen and the nutrients, which causes brain cells to die. It can also be caused by a blocked artery or the leaking of a blood vessel. Mayoclinic.org says that about 85% of strokes are ischemic strokes. They also said that ischemic strokes occur when the arteries to the brain become narrowed, causing severely reduced blood flow.…show more content…
Which means if the stroke affected the left side of the brain then you will have problems on the right side of your body. The same thing happens if the stroke affects the right side of the brain then you will have problems on the left side of your body. A stroke can also cause abnormal muscle tone. Allinahealth.com states that this is a nerve problem that can make your movements slow and jerky. There are 3 stages of muscle tone recovery, they are; your limb or joint may be limp and floppy. Your limb or joint may move on its own when your muscle tone starts to return. The last stage is you limb and joint begin to respond to your
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