Featured Stroke Articles
Descriptions of Featured Stroke Articles
A TIA is a stroke-like episode caused by a brief interruption in blood flow to the brain. This eMedTV article offers a look at risk factors for this event, and also discusses some of its causes and symptoms.
A stroke is a sudden episode in which a blood vessel in the brain gets blocked or ruptures. This eMedTV article explains how a stroke may occur and provides an overview of the topic, including information about symptoms and treatment options.
Plavix is a drug used to help prevent harmful blood clots from forming. As this eMedTV resource explains, it may be given to people who have had a recent heart attack or stroke. This page discusses Plavix and its uses, dosing, side effects, and more.
Sudden confusion and numbness in the arms, legs, or face are a few common symptoms of a stroke. This eMedTV resource identifies other possible signs and symptoms, explaining how they usually appear suddenly, often with multiple symptoms at once.
Signs of a Stroke
Dizziness, confusion, and severe headache are possible signs of a stroke -- and they can occur suddenly. This eMedTV Web page describes these and other signs, and stresses the importance of seeking medical attention immediately when they appear.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are important components of the human diet that provide numerous benefits. This eMedTV article describes the benefits of omega-3 supplements, explains how they work, and explores the effectiveness of these products.
Transient Ischemic Attack
A transient ischemic attack is a sudden episode in which the brain's blood supply is briefly interrupted. This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of these attacks, including a discussion of their causes and symptoms.
Symptoms of a Mini-Stroke
Vision problems, dizziness, and confusion are common symptoms of a mini-stroke, which can occur suddenly. This eMedTV article discusses mini-stroke symptoms in detail, which may last for up to 24 hours, but frequently go away in less than 30 minutes.
TIA and Stroke
Although they may cause similar symptoms, a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, and stroke are not the same. This eMedTV article explains that a stroke's symptoms last at least 24 hours, while symptoms of a TIA may last less than 30 minutes.
As this eMedTV page explains, Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate) is now available in generic form. This segment goes into depth about generic Plavix, with details on how it compares to the brand-name drug.
Rehab is an important part of stroke recovery, helping people relearn skills lost due to brain damage. This eMedTV article discusses steps involved in recovering from a stroke, which may include making lifestyle changes to help prevent future strokes.
A mini-stroke is a sudden event in which the blood supply to the brain is interrupted for a short time. This eMedTV segment provides an in-depth look at this topic, including information on symptoms, causes, treatment, and more.
For people who have had a stroke, treatment may involve medications (such as clot-busting drugs) or surgery. This eMedTV article discusses these treatment options in detail and also discuses stroke rehab and lifestyle changes.
Glycine is a nonessential amino acid that may be useful for conditions such as schizophrenia and strokes. This eMedTV page provides a detailed overview of glycine, including information on its safety and effectiveness, possible side effects, and more.
Symptoms of a Stroke
Developing a sudden headache, confusion, and difficulty speaking may indicate you are having a stroke. This eMedTV segment discusses possible symptoms of a stroke and explains what to do if you or someone else exhibits such symptoms.
The most common stroke causes involve blood clots blocking the flow of blood to the brain. This eMedTV article describes these possible causes in detail, which can include an embolism, thrombosis, an aneurysm, head trauma, and a brain tumor.
As explained in this eMedTV selection, stroke rehabilitation helps stroke survivors relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged. This article takes an in-depth look at the different parts of the rehabilitation process.
Plavix Side Effects
For people taking Plavix, side effects may include such things as major bleeding and flu-like symptoms. This eMedTV article discusses some common side effects associated with this drug (such as headaches) as well as some that rarely occur.
As this eMedTV segment explains, stroke prevention may involve quitting smoking, losing weight, and controlling blood pressure. This resource also describes other prevention strategies, including blood-thinning medications and certain procedures.
As this eMedTV Web page explains, an ischemic stroke is a type of stroke in which oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood cannot reach the brain. This article discusses this type of stroke, including its causes, its symptoms, its diagnosis, and its treatment.