Learning what causes stroke can save your life
There are several causes of stroke, also called risk factors, and most of them can be avoided.
Stroke can be a terrible event and about 700,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. The risk of stroke doubles every decade after the age of 55.
High blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and a family history of stroke increase the risk, as does high cholesterol, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.
Stroke can be caused by high blood pressure, keep it under control
There are two 2 main types of stroke:
Ischemic stroke, which occurs 80-85% of the time. With an ischemic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain becomes clogged. With a hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain actually bursts or leaks. Hemorrhagic strokes tend to be more serious.
High blood pressure is the most important risk factor, and one of the main causes of stroke. Very high pressure can cause a break in a weakened blood vessel, which then bleeds in the brain. This can cause a stroke. If a blood clot blocks one of the narrowed arteries, it can also cause a stroke.
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