Ischemic stroke risk factors

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Avatar n tn High blood pressure is the single most important risk factor for stroke, and in a patient with diabetes it is crucial to control the blood pressure for optimal prevention of future strokes. Other important risk factors for stroke include high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity. It is important to work with your physician to control these risk factors, which will lessen your chances of having a stroke or a heart attack.
Avatar f tn 65 an intermediate risk factor) Diabetes Stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) (in the past) If you have at least one of these risk factors, Coumadin may be considered and is clearly beneficial when two or more risk factors are present. Also, if a patient with AFib does have a prior stroke or TIA and no other risk factors, Coumadin is recommended.
Avatar m tn Aspirin or coumadin are for clots, (Antithrombotic and Thrombolytic Therapy), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) recommended coumadin for atrial fibrillation patients at high risk of stroke, aspirin for patients at low risk of stroke, and either drug of patients with an intermediate risk. The ACCP defines a low-risk patient as younger than 65 years with no predisposing risk factors (e.g., previous stroke, TIA, embolism, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes).
Avatar m tn About a month ago I was admitted to hospital with severe vertigo and vomiting. Motor functions were fine but double vision for about a day and half. After all tests, radiologist and neurologist, based on MRI, concluded that I had a small vessel ischemic stroke event. I've been diagnosed with RRMS since 2003 and been on copaxone since then with virtually no new major MS events. I'm wondering if it really was a stroke or a new flare-up that has showed up on MRI in the pons area.
Avatar f tn Other causes of stroke-like symptoms, such as numbness of one side of face, include transient ischemic attacks, especially if the symptoms do not persist. You have had a stroke before and thus have stroke risk factors. Other risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and age. Other stroke like symptoms can occur from seizure activity and migraine. The best approach to fully evaluate your symptoms is to be referred to a neurologist.
Avatar n tn Hi, You may be having a small vessel disease .White matter change is a very common finding on an MRI scan. Frequently, these changes are seen in patients who have/have had hypertension, stroke, migraine headaches, or other medical conditions. As the brain ages, we tend to see a change in appearance around the fluid filled spaces (the ventricles). These changes are thought to be the long-term effects of atherosclerosis which cause less blood flow in these brain regions.
Avatar f tn you need to be evaluated by a physician for any concomitant risk factors which could jeopardize and put you at risk of a stroke. Hope this helps. Take care.
Avatar m tn Consider Cannabis as Cause of Stroke in Younger Patients Sue Hughes Jan 22, 2013 Cannabis-related stroke is not a myth, and cannabis use should be considered a risk factor for ischemic stroke, a new review of the literature concludes. The review, published in the February issue of Stroke, was conducted by a team led by Valérie Wolff, MD, from the University Hospital of Strasbourg, France. Dr.
Avatar f tn Many strokes can be prevented by heeding the warning signs of TIAs and treating underlying risk factors. The most important treatable factors linked to TIAs and stroke are high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, heart disease, carotid artery disease, diabetes, and heavy use of alcohol. Medical help is available to reduce and eliminate these factors.
620081 tn?1221442530 too little blood or ischemic stroke and too much blood or hemorrhagic stroke. Complications of stroke include: pralysis or loss of muscle movement, dfficulty talking or swallowing; aphasia, a condition in which a person has difficulty expressing thoughts through language, memory loss or troubles with understanding. Take care and regards.
Avatar m tn Hi, therapy for ischemic stroke is focused on improving blood supply to the brain and controlling high risk factors like diabetes and hypertension. In addition physiotherapy is needed for promoting recovery after stroke. Electrotherapy persay may not help. You can learn the exercises and she can do them at home and go for periodic review. Please discuss this with your doctor he may recommend a physiotherapist near your place. Regards.
Avatar m tn s International Stroke Conference (ISC) 2013, found that patients with ischemic stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) were twice as likely to have recently used cannabis as age-, sex-, and ethnicity-matched controls. "Cannabis is generally perceived as having few serious adverse effects, but this study suggests that this may not be the case," lead author Alan Barber, PhD, MD, from University of Auckland, New Zealand, concluded. For the study, Dr.
Avatar f tn Microvascular ischemia can occur not only in elderly there are other risk factors also. These include smoking, chronic alcoholism, obesity, high cholesterol and high BP. It is possible you may be having one of these risk factors. Please get your BP checked and blood cholesterol levels checked. Generally tiny areas of white matter changes do not affect cognition. However if the condition continues to progress it may impair the thought process. Hope this helps!
1013028 tn?1250923267 Aggrenox (aspirin/extended-release dipyridamole) is indicated to reduce the risk of stroke in patients who have had transient ischemia of the brain or completed ischemic stroke due to thrombosis. Though the drugs of choice for a lupus anticoagulant are heparin and warfarin (coumadin), Plavix may be administered additionally to prevent arterial thrombotic episodes. Aggrenox has the same action as Coumadin.
Avatar f tn The basis of therapy for TIAs is blood thinners to prevent clotting, controlling high risk factors like diabetes and hypertension and avoiding smoking. So, focus on controlling the high risk factors and taking blood thinners. And consult a cardiologist for the chest pain. Take Care. Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
Avatar f tn Hello and welcome. Sorry about your husband's stroke! Is he in the hospital? What would be helpful is if you knew if he had an ischemic stroke (from a blood clot) or a hemorrhagic stroke (caused by a burst or torn blood vessel). If you aren't sure which, this is a good question for his doctor. When weakness is on the right side of the body, that means the stroke occurred on the left side of the brain.
Avatar f tn A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a transient event that is a risk factor for ischemic stroke. In a TIA, arterial blockage in the brain occurs briefly and resolves on its own, without causing tissue death. Approximately 10% of ischemic strokes are preceded by a TIA, and about 40% of patients who experience a TIA will have a stroke. Hemorrhagic Stroke Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and bleeds into surrounding tissue.
783212 tn?1295028006 I would suggest you to get yourself screened for risk factors for stroke because there is some evidence that patients with small vessel ischemic disease are at an increased risk for strokes. Therefore it is important that you ensure that you keep your BP, cholesterol, blood sugar and body weight under control. The chances of dementia are more if the brain damage continues and there are large infarcts in the brain.
783212 tn?1295028006 Ischemic injury would be like a very tiny stroke, I think. Very slight bleeding. My first neuro issue was diagnosed for a while as a Temporary Ischemic Attack (TIA), and felt like (I'm told) a stroke. As for your second question, I think there is no difference between small vessel disease and small vessel changes. And I've been told by a number of doctors that small vessel damage in the brain is fairly common in MRIs, particularly in older people.
Avatar f tn However you definitely need to be careful. Please avoid all the risk factors for stroke like high BP, smoking, alcoholism, obesity and high cholesterol. Make sure your body weight is under control and exercise regularly. Avoid foods high in calories and salt. Also since you have a history of cardiovascular disease, it will make sense to get a cardiovascular evaluation done.
Avatar n tn No health risk factors or problems that we know of. What makes it more worrying is that his younger brother has just been diagnosed with a brain tumour (very tiny and benign they think, but still a wakeup!) Not similar symptoms at all, but still makes me worry...
4837124 tn?1359906493 High blood pressure and family history of stroke are major risk for TIAs and stroke. And TIAs are a warning sign that stroke may indeed occur. It is highly recommended that you go for regular follow-up with your attending physician for proper evaluation and management of risk factors to prevent any recurrence of stroke. Take care and do keep us posted.
Avatar f tn From your MRI findings of brain it is evident that you have suffered ischemic damage which makes you more at risk of stroke. However if you modify your dietary habits, do regular physical exercise and keep your BP and sugar levels in control the risk of stroke will be reduced. Please follow the advice of your PCP and get all the blood tests done, take zocor regularly to keep your cholesterol levels under control. Hope this helps!