Stroke is a leading cause of
serious, long-term disability in the United States.
Women are less
likely than men to have a stroke in almost all age ranges. But because women live longer than men, their lifetime risk of stroke is higher than for men. And more women than men die from strokes every year.
Blacks are almost twice as likely as whites to have a
The exact number of people who have had a
transient ischemic attack (TIA) is not known for
certain, because people do not always recognize a TIA. And about half of the people who have had a TIA don't ever see a doctor for it.
Thrombolysis, also known as thrombolytic therapy, is a treatment to dissolve dangerous clots in blood vessels, improve blood flow, and prevent damage to tissues and organs. Thrombolysis may involve the injection of clot-busting drugs through an intravenous (IV) line or through a long catheter that delivers drugs directly to the site of the blockage. It also may involve the use of a long catheter with a mechanical device attached to the tip that either removes the clot or physically breaks it up.