According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the number four leading cause of death in the United States and are the leading cause of long-term adult disability. These deadly “brain attacks” can occur at any time and can affect almost any part of the brain, causing a variety of different symptoms and complications depending on the location. The stroke care experts at MountainView Hospital are equipped with the state-of-the-art imaging equipment to locate the type of a stroke fast and administer treatment as soon as possible. The two major types of stroke include:
- Hemorrhagic stroke
A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel within the brain bursts or tears, leading to bleeding in the brain. This not only prevents areas of the brain from getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to function, but also leads to a dangerous pressure buildup within the skull that can lead to brain damage or death. This type of stroke is less common than ischemic stroke, accounting for only 13 percent of all stroke cases in the United States according to the American Stroke Association.
- Ischemic stroke
Ischemic strokes, unlike hemorrhagic strokes, do not involve the rupture of a blood vessel. Instead, it is a fatty plaque or blood clot that blocks the artery and cause obstruction of blood flow. The blood clot can form within the brain at the site of an atherosclerotic plaque or in another part of the circulatory system and travel up to the brain with the flow of blood.
Treatment methods differ substantially depending on the type of stroke obstructing circulation to the brain. If you are interested in learning more about stroke and its prevention or treatment, please contact the MountainView Hospital Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. Our nurses can also help you to find an experienced, knowledgeable healthcare professional near you to evaluate your risk factors and work with you to improve your health.