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A stroke is a sudden interruption of blood flow to a region of the brain, due either to a blockage in, or the bursting of, one of the vessels supplying that region. The interruption of blood flow leads to the injury and death of brain cells, and can thus result in paralysis, cognitive impairment, and other significant disabilities. Today, early interventions are available to reduce the likelihood of such disabilities after a stroke. Know the signs of stroke so that you can seek medical help immediately . . . . SIGNS OF STROKE * Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg. * Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding. * Sudden and severe headache, without a known cause. * Sudden dizziness, loss of steadiness or coordination. * Sudden nausea and vomiting, unrelated to viral illness. * An episode of unconsciousness or convulsions.
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NINDS Stroke Information Page - Introduction to stroke, with pointers to related fact sheets concerning symptoms, prevention, and rehabilitation. Presented by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a division of the National Institutes of Health. Project Stroke Hope - Presentation by a family hoping to help others who are affected by stroke. Offers notes on disability benefits and insurance matters, fundamental information on stroke, and links to stroke-related sites. Lou's Stroke - Link collection and personal story of Louis Albert, a survivor with diabetes and aphasia who has used assistive technology to create his site. Neurotransplantation for Patients with Paralysis After Stroke - Overview of the University of Pittsburgh's study of neuronal cell transplantation for the treatment of stroke. Updates on the research program are provided. Internet Stroke Center at Washington University in St. Louis - A stroke resource for medical professionals and consumers, alike. Educational information, directories of clinical trials and stroke centers, and a calendar of major stroke conferences are among the site's many offerings. Stroke and Aphasia Information - Resources for stroke recovery, including home therapy tips and survivors' stories. Presented by Bungalow Software, a provider of rehabilitation programs. Stroke Survivors Canada Ottawa - Supporting affected families with information about stroke causes, acute care, rehabilitation, financial issues, local services, and Web-based resources. General Practice Notebook: Stroke - Clinical reference on ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. Covered topics include differential diagnosis, etiological determination, radiologic investigations, and management of patients within the National Service Framework. Physiotherapy for Strokes - An overview of the role of physical therapy in stroke rehabilitation, provided by Heads Up!--a specialist neurological physiotherapy practice based in Surrey, England. Transient Ischemic Attack - Information sheet on TIAs (which are also known as "mini strokes"). Published by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Hobbies After a Stroke - Created by a brain-stem-stroke survivor who hopes to encourage others to get involved in recreational activities. Her post-stroke hobbies include embroidery and outings on a motorized scooter. Johns Hopkins Medicine: Mini Strokes Linked to Uric Acid Levels - Cites a study linking uric acid levels to high volumes of so-called white matter hyperintensities (WMH), which are small dead areas of the brain that occur when brain cells are deprived of oxygen. WebMD Stroke Health Center - In-depth information, including symptoms, treatments, and prevention. NHS Choices: Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) - Provides information on this form of mini-stroke. Includes a short video on strokes and details of symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, complications and prevention. NHS Choices: Stroke - Provides information on this serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disturbed. Includes an animation and details of symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, prevention and complications. Stroke - Act F.A.S.T. - The NHS urges people to recognise the symptoms of stroke: fallen face, inability to hold arms high, slurred speech; and to know the importance of time — act fast to get medical help. The New England Journal of Medicine: Stroke - From the archives of the journal, literature covering topics such as antithrombotic therapy, cerebral thrombosis, and carotid stenosis. eMedicine Health: Stroke - Consumer health resource center, providing information on the causes, symptoms, and urgent treatment of stroke.
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