Strokes: The Most Common Cause Of Death

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Stroke occurs when there is ischemia to a part of the brain that results in brain cell death. Movement, sensations and emotions that were controlled by the affected area of the brain where the stroke occurred are impaired or permanently lost. The severity of the loss of functions varies to the extent and specific location of the damage done to the brain (Flemming, K.D., 2013). Stroke is the fourth most common cause of death with over 800,000 people annually is affected in the US. Of the individuals who have survived a stroke, 15-30% will live with permanent disabilities.

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