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How do you get an ischemic stroke?

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Most strokes are ischemic. You get them when a fatty substance called plaque collects in your arteries and narrows them. This is called atherosclerosis, and it slows the flow of blood. As it pools, blood can clump and form clots -- and your artery gets blocked.

Besides atherosclerosis, some other things that can raise your chances of getting an ischemic stroke are:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart attack
  • Problem with your heart's valves
  • Injury to blood vessels in your neck
  • Blood clotting problem

From: Types of Stroke WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Association of Neurologic Surgeons: "Stroke."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "Hemorrhagic Strokes (Bleeds)," "TIA (Transient Ischemic Attacks)," "Why Getting Quick Stroke Treatment is Important."

Beaumont: "Ischemic Stroke."

Bernheisel, C.R. , December 2011. American Family Physician

Cleveland Clinic: "Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Hemorrhagic Stroke."

National Stroke Association: "Let's talk about Ischemic Stroke," "What is Stroke?" "What is TIA?"

The Internet Stroke Center: "Ischemic Stroke."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Hemorrhagic stroke treatment (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 03, 2017

SOURCES:

American Association of Neurologic Surgeons: "Stroke."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "Hemorrhagic Strokes (Bleeds)," "TIA (Transient Ischemic Attacks)," "Why Getting Quick Stroke Treatment is Important."

Beaumont: "Ischemic Stroke."

Bernheisel, C.R. , December 2011. American Family Physician

Cleveland Clinic: "Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Hemorrhagic Stroke."

National Stroke Association: "Let's talk about Ischemic Stroke," "What is Stroke?" "What is TIA?"

The Internet Stroke Center: "Ischemic Stroke."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Hemorrhagic stroke treatment (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 03, 2017

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