Symptoms And Treatments Of A Stroke

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According to the Center of Disease Control “Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 of every 20 deaths.” America’s population is around 320 million according to government census. The statistics of 130,000 may not seem like a lot compared to America’s population, but clearly it is a significant amount. This statistic only counts the stroke victims that die, but many stroke victims survive with few as well as major issues leading to a compromised life after. So what is a stroke? A stroke also known as Cerebrovascular accident (CVA) happens when there is a loss of blood supply to the brain. In the following we will be looking at the history of the disease, suspected causes, symptoms and treatments. Before we go into the history of a stroke take some time to look at the population chart in the back (pg. 8 image. 1) to see where strokes occur most. As you can see, the chart shows statistics of where strokes occur most and least around the U.S. and the number varies per 100,000 in the U.S. At this time there is no correlation between location and stroke numbers. Though by looking at the “Stroke Death Rates around the country” clearly wherever you live there is no place or person that is immune from the possibility of getting a stroke. So what is a stroke? A stroke according to the Saladin Anatomy and Physiology text book is “the sudden death of brain tissue caused by ischemia.” Ischemia is a lack of

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