Neurologists define stroke as a disruption of blood flow to the brain, which causes brain damage. As this video explains, several risks factors, some unique to women, can heighten the chance of stroke.
A person may suffer from an ischemic stroke or hemorrhaging stroke. An ischemic stroke occurs when a section of the brain does not receive proper blood flow. A hemorrhaging stroke happens when a blood vessel ruptures and causes bleeding in the brain. Some stroke risk factors, such as age, obesity, nicotine use, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, are common to both men and women. However, pregnant women or women taking hormonal supplements should take special care to watch for stroke symptoms, as they are often at a higher risk for this condition.
Illinois Neurological Institute offers comprehensive care for many neurological issues, including stroke. We can provide patients with stroke treatment, spine decompression, and more. Please call our Rockford or Peoria-area facility at (309) 740-3766 to schedule a consultation.