Ischemic stroke

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Ischemic stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is interrupted or cut-off. When this happens, the affected area of the brain does not receive the oxygen and nutrients that it needs. An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke and is caused by a blockage in an artery leading to the brain. A blocked artery will cut-off blood supply to a region of the brain. If the blood supply is blocked for more than a few minutes, brain cells will begin to die.

The two types of ischemic strokes are thrombotic and embolic. These terms refer to the location of the blood clot. In a thrombotic stroke, a blood clot forms in one of the blood vessels in the brain. In an embolic stroke, a blood clot forms elsewhere in the body, such as in the heart, and then travels to the brain to cause a blockage.

Ischemic strokes have many potential causes. Excessive blood cholesterol will cause the arteries to narrow and eventually become blocked—resulting in a thrombotic stroke. Blood clots that form in the heart are another cause of ischemic strokes. This occurs when blood clot forms in the heart and then travels to the head, blocking blood supply to the brain. This type of stroke would be an embolic stroke. Blood clots in the heart are more likely to form in people who have irregular heartbeats, have had a heart attack, or have diseased heart valves. Other causes of ischemic strokes include street drug use, traumatic injury to the blood vessels of the neck, and blood clotting disorders.

The risk for stroke is higher in older adults, women, and individuals of African heritage. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, heart disease, smoking, or diabetes. Emergency personnel should be called immediately if you think that you or someone around you is experiencing a stroke. There are a number of complications that can occur after a stroke. Support groups are a great resource for more information and resources.

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National Stroke Association

National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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National Stroke Association

National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.

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Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Ischemic stroke" returned 3223 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Pioglitazone after Ischemic Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack.
 

Author(s): Walter N Kernan, Catherine M Viscoli, Karen L Furie, Lawrence H Young, Silvio E Inzucchi, Mark Gorman, Peter D Guarino, Anne M Lovejoy, Peter N Peduzzi, Robin Conwit, Lawrence M Brass, Gregory G Schwartz, Harold P Adams, Leo Berger, Antonio Carolei, Wayne Clark, Bruce Coull, Gary A Ford, Dawn Kleindorfer, John R O'Leary, Mark W Parsons, Peter Ringleb, Souvik Sen, J David Spence, David Tanne, David Wang, Toni R Winder,

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2016 Apr;374(14):1321-31.

 

Patients with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) are at increased risk for future cardiovascular events despite current preventive therapies. The identification of insulin resistance as a risk factor for stroke and myocardial infarction raised the possibility that ...

Last Updated: 7 Apr 2016

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Malposition of an atrial pacemaker lead crossing through patent foramen ovale in a patient with ischemic stroke.
 

Author(s): Yusuf Karavelioğlu, Tolga Doğan, Macit Kalçık, Adnan Yalçınkaya

Journal: Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2016 Jan;44(1):87.

 

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2016

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Middle Cerebral Artery Calcification: Association With Ischemic Stroke.
 

Author(s): Hung-Wen Kao, Michelle Liou, Hsiao-Wen Chung, Hua-Shan Liu, Ping-Huei Tsai, Shih-Wei Chiang, Ming-Chung Chou, Giia-Sheun Peng, Guo-Shu Huang, Hsian-He Hsu, Cheng-Yu Chen

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Dec;94(50):e2311.

 

Calcification of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) is uncommon in the healthy elderly. Whether calcification of the MCA is associated with cerebral ischemic stroke remains undetermined. We intended to investigate the association using Agatston calcium scoring of the MCA. This study ...

Last Updated: 19 Dec 2015

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The terms "Ischemic stroke" returned 405 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Paediatric arterial ischemic stroke: acute management, recent advances and remaining issues.
 

Author(s): Margherita Rosa, Silvana De Lucia, Victoria Elisa Rinaldi, Julie Le Gal, Marie Desmarest, Claudio Veropalumbo, Silvia Romanello, Luigi Titomanlio

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Stroke is a rare disease in childhood with an estimated incidence of 1-6/100.000. It has an increasingly recognised impact on child mortality along with its outcomes and effects on quality of life of patients and their families. Clinical presentation and risk factors of paediatric ...

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2015

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Long-Term Antiplatelet Mono- and Dual Therapies After Ischemic Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack: Network Meta-Analysis.
 

Author(s): Wuxiang Xie, Fanfan Zheng, Baoliang Zhong, Xiaoyu Song

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The latest guidelines do not make clear recommendations on the selection of antiplatelet therapies for long-term secondary prevention of stroke. We aimed to integrate the available evidence to create hierarchies of the comparative efficacy and safety of long-term antiplatelet therapies ...

Last Updated: 25 Aug 2015

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Sex differences in predictors of ischemic stroke: current perspectives.
 

Author(s): Alyana A Samai, Sheryl Martin-Schild

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Globally, stroke is a significant public health concern affecting more than 33 million individuals. Of growing importance are the differences between males and females in the predictors and overall risk of stroke. Given that women have a higher lifetime risk for stoke and account ...

Last Updated: 7 Aug 2015

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Tongxinluo Capsule in Ischemic Stroke Patients(TISS)
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Ischemic Stroke

 

Last Updated: 7 Aug 2013

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Occult Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation in Non-Cryptogenic Ischemic Stroke
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Ischemic Stroke

 

Last Updated: 19 Oct 2015

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Last Updated: 17 Dec 2015

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