Focusing on Women’s Health: A Head to Toe Assessment

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Stroke is a medical emergency and a leading cause of death in the U.S. It occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or, more commonly, when a blockage develops. Without treatment, cells in the brain quickly begin to die.

Each year, 700,000 people suffer a stroke. Five hundred thousand of these strokes are first occurrences, while the rest are repeat strokes.   Someone has a stroke in the United States every 45 seconds.  Some risk factors for stroke are hypertension, diabetes and smoking.

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