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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 15:09

Ischemic Strokes Featured

Ischemic stroke is the most common form of stroke, accounting for around 87% of strokes. This type of stroke is caused by blockages or narrowing of the arteries that provide blood to the brain, resulting in ischemia - severely reduced blood flow.

These blockages are often caused by blood clots, which can form either in the arteries connecting to the brain, or in other blood vessels before being swept through the bloodstream and into narrower arteries within the brain. Clots can be caused by fatty deposits within the arteries called plaque.

Types of Ischemic Stroke

There are two types of ischemic stroke:

  • Thrombotic strokes, which are caused by a blood clot that forms in an artery that supplies blood to your brain.
  • Embolic strokes. They happen when a clot forms somewhere else in your body and travels through the blood vessels to your brain. It gets trapped there and stops the flow of your blood.


Most Ischemic Strokes are caused by atherosclerosis. Besides atherosclerosis, some other causes of ischemic stroke are:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart attack
  • Problem with your heart's valves
  • Injury to blood vessels in your neck
  • Blood clotting problem


The symptoms of an ischemic stroke depend on which parts of your brain are affected. They can include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of your face, arm, or leg, often on one side of the body
  • Confusion
  • Problems speaking or understanding others
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, trouble walking
  • Vision loss or double vision


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Risk factors

You're more likely to have an ischemic stroke if you:


An Ischemic stroke can cause complications like:

  • Seizures
  • Memory and thinking problems
  • Fluid buildup, swelling and bleeding in your brain

It is important to note that there are three types of Strokes and up to 80% of strokes can be prevented. Click here to read Everything You Need to Know About Stroke.



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