Stroke

Her brain didn’t get enough blood and part of it died

You never hear about TIA or stroke like this, but this is really what happens. Most strokes are due to poor circulation to the brain (ischemic) and only about 3% are caused by lack of blood flow because of a blood vessel ruptures (Hemorrhagic)

A Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) is really a TEMPORARY loss of life-giving blood and oxygen to sensitive brain tissue. The longer the flow of blood is stopped, the worse the damage is. By definition, a TIA lasts less than 24 hours. A stroke (brain attack) is a loss of circulation that causes some degree of permanent damage.

The problem behind a stroke, like a heart attack, is partly cholesterol, partly high blood pressure, partly hardening of the arteries(calcium buildup or arteriosclerosis), sometimes abnormal heart beats like atrial fibrillation, partial rupture of a cholesterol build up and partly a blood clot often started by platelets. WOW…this is complicated.

The American Stroke Association keeps statistics on this. Because there are many causes, sometimes combination treatment is required to get things on track and certainly to avoid a second brain attack (stroke).

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