Causes Of Ischemic Stroke
- Q What increases my risk for an ischemic stroke?
People with family members that have had a stroke are at a greater risk for having a stroke themselves. The risk for stroke also increases in individuals with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. People who smoke, consume excessive... Full Answer
- Q Is there a link between contagious infections and ischemic stroke?
There are some contagious infections such as cytomegalovirus or herpes simplex that can narrow the arteries or cause inflammation that triggers a stroke. Having had an infection within a week of the onset of a stroke is one of the risk factors for an... Full Answer
- Q Does ischemic stroke run in families?
A history of either parent having had an ischemic stroke raises the risk that their children will have a stroke. Children may inherit genetic risk factors for strokes, such as sickle cell disease, or may inherit sensitivity to these risks factors.... Full Answer
- Q How does atherosclerosis cause an ischemic stroke?
Atherosclerosis is a condition in which plaque, or fat, accumulates in the arteries. This can either restrict blood flow or block it completely, leading to an ischemic stroke. People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, as well as... Full Answer
- Q What causes an ischemic stroke?
Ischemic strokes usually result when a blood clot or accumulation of fat in an artery (atherosclerosis) causes a reduction in blood flow in the brain. Occasionally, lipohyalinosis, a disorder in which fat and tissue build up in the arteries, leads to an... Full Answer