Medical Author: Benjamin C. Wedro, MD, FAAEM
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Stroke: What is it?
A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is disrupted, causing brain cells to die. When blood flow to the brain is impaired, oxygen and glucose cannot be delivered to the brain. Blood flow can be compromised by a variety of mechanisms.
By Steve Gillman
Excerpt from A Book of Secrets
You Want More Brainpower - Not Higher IQ Scores!
Okay, maybe you want higher IQ scores too. The American Heritage Dictionary defines Intelligence Quotient as "The ratio of tested mental age to chronological age, usually expressed as a quotient multiplied by 100."
By Ray Lengal
Cerebral vascular accidents, more commonly known as stroke, occur when an area of the brain dies because of lack of blood flow. The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and sugar to live, without blood flow the nerves in the brain will die.
The major causes of stroke are clogging of an artery in the brain, a blood clot in one of the blood vessels, bleeding in the brain, low blood pressure and a blood clotting disorders.
When it comes to stroke rehabilitation, one medication doesn’t fit all. Your stroke rehab team will work with you to find out which medications, if any, can improve stiffness after a stroke. It's important to remember these medications are not a cure. They are ongoing treatments that relieve the symptoms of spasticity.