A stroke is a medical emergency because it inhibits blood flow to the brain causing cellular death. There are two types of strokes: ischemic and hemorrhagic. A blood deficit causes ischemic strokes, and hemorrhagic strokes are a result of excessive bleeding. Everyone, in particular, elderly individuals, should become aware of the risk factors for strokes. A simple way to do this is to remember FAST: facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 911. Here's a list of the ten most common risk factors associated with strokes.
Aging means a higher risk of illness, including the likelihood of having a stroke. The chance of having a stroke doubles every decade after the age of 55. However, one in seven stroke victims is between the age of 15 and 49. Women are more likely to suffer from a stroke. Women who use certain birth control methods may also be in danger of having a stroke.
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