Preventable and costly to the entire nation, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the USA. The statistics on strokes are impressive:
* 150,000 deaths per year.
* The total cost to society is more than $30 billion per year in medical costs and lost productivity.
* It is the leading cause of disability.
* Strokes are the most preventable of all catastrophic conditions.
* It affects people of all ages; its incidence increases, however, with aging.
* Strokes reach every walk of life, every ethnic group.
* Brain surgery can be a preventive technique. You can self-administer the Brain Surgery Information Council’s test/guide which will aid you and your physician in an overall evaluation of your “stroke potential.” (We’re going to offer an evaluative, interactive test concept.) The inquirer can take the test, get an evaluation, confer with his physician, or call us. Early surgical interventive techniques are today’s front line of defense against many of these “Brain Attacks.”
Types of Strokes:
*Ischemic Strokes – account for about 84% of all strokes. They occur when the blood supply to a portion of the brain is interrupted. The thrombotic type stems from a clot that has built up in the cerebral artery; embolics result from a circulatory blockage to a portion of the brain that can be traced elsewhere — most frequently from the heart or the cervical portion of the carotid artery.
* Hemorrhagic Strokes – make up the remaining 16% of these calamities; they are caused by bleeding in the brain space (intracerebral) or between the brain and the skull (subarachnoid). These kinds of strokes are more dangerous and life-threatening than the Ischemic strokes.
Don’t over apply the following symptoms to your own condition. Headache is perhaps the universal symptom. They are often described as “splitting,” “migraine,” “the worst of my life,” and are almost always present at a stroke incident. Stiffness of the neck is another indicator. Frequently, nausea or vomiting can confuse the condition with a viral illness. If there is severe headache with a loss consciousness (no matter how brief), investigation of stroke prevention procedures should be seriously considered…and quickly.
Other symptoms, less frequent in occurrence, may include convulsions, coma, loss of hearing or sight, double vision, or a general aching and malaise.