Ischemic stroke risk factors

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Avatar n tn I read in a magazine that 700,000 Americans get a stroke each year, 75% survive, and about 9 out of 10 are left with some sort of permanent neurological impairment thereafter. First, does this sound accurate? Second, what are the biggest risk factors for stroke? Clearly, prevention is the best policy, and even at the age of 26, I want to do everything I can to reduce any risk factors I may have.
Avatar n tn I was 49 at the time, very active with no stroke risk factors. I have been followed by my neurologist, internist, and a neuropsychologist. Also, I have been receiving physical therapy and excising with a therapist monitoring my activities. My recovery has been good, I am at work, not full time and have been able to resume some of my previous activities. However, I continue to have the constant "pins and needles" feeling on my entire left side - especially hand and foot.
Avatar f tn Many possibilities exist, and depend somewhat on your age, your risk factors, and the nature of your symptoms (whether or not the numbness started suddenly or gradually, whether it is a complete loss of sensation or a tingling, whether it is an objective finding on examination or it is only a feeling that you have etc). The most concerning cause of numbness on one side of the body is a stroke, as you mentioned.
469720 tn?1388149949 Stroke Risk Factors Some stroke risk factors are hereditary. Others are a function of natural processes. Still others result from a person's lifestyle. You can't change factors related to heredity or natural processes, but those resulting from lifestyle or environment can be modified with the help of a healthcare professional. Fortunately, most risk factors are under our control What risk factors for stroke can't be changed?
Avatar n tn Though you may notice improvement over the next few months, it may not be possible to reverse all symptoms and some deficits may remain. Also avoidance of any possible risk factor for stroke or ischaemic disease with lifestyle modification and control of factors such as diabetes/ hypertension is required. You may consider consulting a neurologist for suggestion of an appropriate management plan. Hope this helps. Take care!
Avatar f tn I found this: (ischemic disease can also mean white matter changes) ""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).
Avatar f tn Risk factors for stroke include advanced age, hypertension (high blood pressure), previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), diabetes, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking. If he has ahistory of any of these it almost confirms the diagnosis.
Avatar n tn The drug is used to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and to treat peripheral vascular disease and claudication. So, for TIAs the high risk factors are dealt with and to improve blood supply plavix is given. Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
Avatar n tn There is some evidence to believe that having white matter changes does lead to a slightly increased risk of stroke . So this small vessel disease could have been a cause of your stroke . Hope this helps you . Take care and regards !
Avatar n tn It is unlikely that the tingling and numbness of the right side of her face, hand, and foot are related to the small vessel disease evident on her MRI. However, given that she has evidence of diseased white matter, she likely has risk factors for stroke, the major ones being high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, diabetes, cardiac arrhythmia (especially atrial fibrillation), and blood clotting disorders.
Avatar f tn At this time I would suggest concentrating on physical and occupational therapy along with activities to improve cognitive function. Also risk factors for the stroke (if any) would need to be managed appropriately. You may like to discuss the situation, the management plan and the expected prognosis in detail with her treating neurologist. Hope this helps. Take care!
Avatar m tn Anterior ischemic non-arteritic optic neuropathy (ANAON) is common. I saw a bad case this week. You have many risk factors obesity, elevated blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) and elevated blood sugar. It can also occur after eye surgery of any type. It can affect both eyes. Your biggest problem is the retinal detachment.
Avatar n tn Hi, How are you feeling now? There are always chances/ risk of ischemic stroke if women are on birth control pills. Keep me informed if you have any queries. Bye.
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 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 I am sorry to hear about your mothers condition. You are right when you say that she had none of the "traditional" risk factors of stroke like smoking, hypertension, diabetes, obesity etc. However, you must realize that she had two very serious pre-disposing conditions namely cancer and immobility.
620081 tn?1221446130 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 Therapy for TIAs is focused on controlled high risk factors like diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Also, smoking is a high risk factor and should be avoided. Besides this blood thinners are given to improve blood supply to the brain. Please discuss this with your doctor am sure he will provide further assistance. Regards.
Avatar n tn I do not have high blood pressure, chlosterol, or any of the typical risk factors. I have had severe migraines since I was 5. I had a dull headache (not a migraine)at the time of the stroke. I have had genetial herpes for the last 15 years. My question is: could the herpes have been related to the stroke? I know there is some new research that chronic infections can lead to stroke. Any thoughts you have on what caused the stroke would be appreciated.
1346447 tn?1327866172 Willthis deterioration continue or it can be stopped at this age and at this health condition. Risk factors for falling among stroke patients Avoiding falls and keeping records of falls is most important task for care giver. 0 Diagnosis – Acute infraction in right frontal sub cortical location. No evidence of hemorrhage. Occulision of left ICA along its entire extent beyond origine.
469720 tn?1388149949 Stroke Risk Factors Some stroke risk factors are hereditary. Others are a function of natural processes. Still others result from a person's lifestyle. You can't change factors related to heredity or natural processes, but those resulting from lifestyle or environment can be modified with the help of a healthcare professional. Fortunately, most risk factors are under our control What risk factors for stroke can't be changed?
Avatar n tn As you've probably read on this site, Pregnancy IS a risk factor for Stroke! Thus, as survivors we must consider ourselves high risk pregnancies, and our best bet for honest answers to these questions would be to seek them from a specialist, ie, High Risk Obstetrician. I have also found that my PCP and regular OB/Gyn dodge this subject with vague answers that don't say yes or no with any particular explanation.
Avatar n tn I only know what I have been told in regards to my mother who had a massive stroke. All strokes are different, all recoveries are different and depend on several factors. I know this does not help much, but it is true. The brain swelling depends on the size of the stroke and I believe it takes a few weeks, but best to ask the Dr. on that one. Regarding the neglect, you can help this situation by making people approach her from her left side..
Avatar n tn The thing about a bleed versus an ischemic stroke is the although you are more likely to die from a bleed, the recovery is much better if you live. The only thing that is unlikely to come back is vision problems. Unfortunately my mom lost her right side field of vision and therefore will never drive again. However you would never know this. She gets around just fine. DO NOT stop believing!! DO NOT listen to the doctors prognosis!!! They tell you the worst case senario.
Avatar m tn Hello and sorry for what happened. Therapy for stroke will depend on whether it is hemorrhagic or ischemic. With low pressures, it could be ischemic. But like you already mentioned, now the doctors are trying to stabilize her, once done they may focus on rehabilitation. As the edema and inflammation in the brain subside, she may regain a few functions after which her doctors will decide what the best rehabilitation program is for her.
Avatar f tn HTN, Hyperlipidemia (triglyceridemia), Diabetes, tobacco use. Usually this presents suddenly and upon awakening and noticed in one eye. Vision in that eye is obscured by a dark shadow, often involving just the upper or lower half of vision, usually the area towards the nose. This may recur in the other eye also. Some physicians will try a medication called Aspirin or Pletal to prevent recurrence.
Avatar f tn Lacunar infarcts in the brain can occur due to stroke. There are many risk factors for stroke like high BP, high cholesterol, and diabetes and over weight. Does your mother have any of these risk factors? Weakness in the legs and toes can be due to hemiparesis which can occur in stroke. Please discuss the possibility of stroke in your mother’s case with her treating doctor. Also please make sure her BP, cholesterol and blood sugar levels are within normal limits. Do keep us posted!