How Atherosclerosis Causes Half of All Strokes
About half of all strokes are caused by atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries caused by high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and other factors. WebMD tells you what causes atherosclerosis and how to prevent it.
WebMD provides links to stroke resources.
10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Stroke
If you've had a stroke, here are some key questions you may want to ask your doctor.
WebMD details what vascular dementia is and its causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Stroke: How to Prevent Another One - Topic Overview
After you've had a stroke, you may be worried that you could have another one. That's easy to understand. But the good news is that there are things you can do to reduce your risk of having another stroke. Taking medicine, doing stroke rehabilitation, and making healthy lifestyle changes can help.Take your medicinesYou'll need to take medicines to help prevent another stroke. Be sure to take your medicines exactly as prescribed. And don't stop taking them unless your doctor tells you to. If you stop taking your medicines, you can increase your risk of having another stroke.Some of the medicines your doctor may prescribe include:Aspirin and other antiplatelet medicines to prevent blood clots.Anticoagulants to prevent blood clots, especially for people who have atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat).Statins to lower high cholesterol. Statins can even protect against stroke in people who don't have heart disease or high cholesterol.1ACE inhibitors and ARBs (angiotensin II
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - What Increases Your Risk
The risk factors for a transient ischemic attack (TIA) are the same as those for a stroke.
Stroke Rehabilitation - Topic Overview
Is this topic for you?This topic covers rehabilitation after a stroke. For information on stroke itself, see the topic Stroke.What is stroke rehabilitation?The best way to get better after a stroke is to start stroke rehabilitation (“rehab”). In stroke rehab, a team of health professionals works with you to regain skills you lost as the result of a stroke. Rehab can help you to: Do as well and
Stroke: Life-Threatening Complications - Topic Overview
Complications that threaten a person's life may develop soon after stroke symptoms occur. Preventing these complications is a major focus of initial stroke treatment. Life-threatening complications include: Increased pressure on the brain,which develops when the brain swells after a large stroke. Such swelling occurs quickly,becomes most severe within 3 to 5 days after the stroke,and can ...
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Prevention
You can help prevent a transient ischemic attack (TIA) by controlling your risk factors for stroke.
Stroke Guide - Home Treatment
After a stroke, home treatment will be an important part of your rehabilitation.You may need to use assistive devices to help you eat, get dressed, and walk.