Ischemic stroke

Common Name(s)

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 3842 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Distribution of atherosclerotic stenosis determining early neurologic deterioration in acute ischemic stroke.
 

Author(s): Seung-Jae Lee, Dong-Geun Lee

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Early neurologic deterioration (END) during the acute stage of stroke is clinically important because of its association with poor outcomes. The purpose of this study was (1) to investigate variables associated with END, (2) to determine the distribution of atherosclerotic stenosis ...

Last Updated: 25 Sep 2017

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Sex-related differences in the risk factors for in-hospital mortality and outcomes of ischemic stroke patients in rural areas of Taiwan.
 

Author(s): Cheung-Ter Ong, Yi-Sin Wong, Sheng-Feng Sung, Chi-Shun Wu, Yung-Chu Hsu, Yu-Hsiang Su, Ling-Chien Hung

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Sex-related differences in the clinical presentation and outcomes of stroke patients are issues that have attracted increased interest from the scientific community. The present study aimed to investigate sex-related differences in the risk factors for in-hospital mortality and outcome ...

Last Updated: 21 Sep 2017

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Predictors of post-thrombolysis symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage in Chinese patients with acute ischemic stroke.
 

Author(s): Mingyong Liu, Yuesong Pan, Lichun Zhou, Yongjun Wang

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Predictors of symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage (sICH) in Chinese patients with acute ischemic stroke treated with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator remain unclear.

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2017

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The terms "Ischemic stroke" returned 494 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Comparative accuracy of CT perfusion in diagnosing acute ischemic stroke: A systematic review of 27 trials.
 

Author(s): Jiantong Shen, Xianglian Li, Youping Li, Bing Wu

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To systematically evaluate and compare the diagnostic accuracy of CT perfusion (CTP), non-enhanced computed tomography (NCCT) and computed tomography angiography (CTA) in detecting acute ischemic stroke.

Last Updated: 18 May 2017

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Efficacy and safety of desmoteplase in acute ischemic stroke patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Xiaoqiang Li, Li Ling, Chuqiao Li, Qiujie Ma

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 May;96(18):e6667.

 

Pending results from double-blind, multicenter, parallel-group, randomized trials, the benefit and safety of the novel plasminogen activator, desmoteplase remain undetermined. The aim of this meta-analysis was to help evaluate desmoteplase's efficacy and safety.

Last Updated: 4 May 2017

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Vectorized nanodelivery systems for ischemic stroke: a concept and a need.
 

Author(s): Andrés Da Silva-Candal, Bárbara Argibay, Ramón Iglesias-Rey, Zulema Vargas, Alba Vieites-Prado, Esteban López-Arias, Emilio Rodríguez-Castro, Iria López-Dequidt, Manuel Rodríguez-Yáñez, Yolanda Piñeiro, Tomás Sobrino, Francisco Campos, José Rivas, José Castillo

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Neurological diseases of diverse aetiologies have significant effects on the quality of life of patients. The limited self-repairing capacity of the brain is considered to be the origin of the irreversible and progressive nature of many neurological diseases. Therefore, neuroprotection ...

Last Updated: 12 Apr 2017

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Last Updated: 17 Jun 2017

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Measuring Collaterals With Multi-phase CT Angiography in Patients With Ischemic Stroke
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Ischemic Stroke

 

Last Updated: 10 May 2016

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