According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the U.S. and the fourth leading cause of death. Dr. Ameer Hassan from Valley Baptist Medical Center explains.
Dr. Ameer Hassan, Valley Baptist Medical Center Neurologist, said, “There are several different types of stroke and the most common is ischemic stroke where there is a blood clot in a blood vessel and there are other types like an aneurysm or some sort of malformation between the arteries and the veins.”
A stroke or brain attack occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs.
“Intracerebral hemorrhage is one of the most dangerous types of strokes and the most common cause of intracerebral hemorrhage is arteriovenous malformations and hypertension and basically you have an abnormal collection of blood vessels between the arteries and veins and when you have high blood pressure those vessels can rupture,” said Dr. Hassan.
Stroke symptoms include facial weakness, arm and leg weakness, difficulty speaking, dizziness or loss of coordination.
If you have any of these symptoms seek immediate medical attention.
Lyssa Hansen, Health Matters