Stroke

Definition:

A stroke occurs when the brain do not receive proper blood flow, resulting in the death of brain cells. It can occur either through bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic) or lack of blood flow (ischemic).

Prevention:

patients should try to maintain a low blood pressure in order to avoid having a stroke. Other preventative measures include not smoking and eating a healthy diet. Some factors that put a patient at risk are past incidents of a stroke, diabetes mellitus, atrial fibrillation, and high blood cholesterol.

Links to authorities:

State Public Health Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs

Vaccinations:

Influenza (yearly) and pneumococcal