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Stroke Assessment

Introduction

Why You Should Take This Assessment

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke is damage to an area of the brain that occurs from disrupted blood flow. This disturbance cuts off the supply of oxygen to the cells in that part of the brain, and these cells begin to die.

There are two main types of stroke:

  • Stroke caused by a blockage in an artery supplying part of the brain. This is called an ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke.
  • Stroke caused by bleeding within the brain. This is called a hemorrhagic stroke.
Exercise

Damage to the brain can cause loss of speech, vision, or movement in an arm or a leg, depending on the part of the brain that is affected.

Anybody can have a stroke, but certain factors place you at higher risk. Some factors that increase your risk of stroke cannot be changed. The good news, however, is that many risk factors are linked to lifestyle and are, therefore, under your control.

How Much Time This Assessment Will Take

5 minutes

How To Prepare For This Assessment

Before starting, you should gather the following information, if you have it:

However, you can still benefit from this assessment, even if you don't have this information.

What You'll Get At The End Of The Assessment

  • An explanation of your important risks
  • Recommended action steps for reducing your risks
  • Links to additional reading

Review Date:9/5/2013
Reviewed By:David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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