When it comes to preventing a stroke, you are likely aware that you need to avoid smoking, eating fatty foods, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. However, you may not realize that suffering an everyday illness or infection can also increase your risk of suffering a stroke. According to evidence presented in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, several common infections can lead to stroke. This means you may want to take extra precautions in order to avoid infections of the urinary tract (UTI), respiratory tract, and other body organs.
9. Ischemic Stroke
According to the American Stroke Association, the majority of strokes fall under the category of ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke occurs when fatty plaques build up in your blood vessels. As the blood vessels become clogged, blood can no longer flow properly to your brain. Two types of blockages can cause an ischemic stroke. Cerebral thrombosis refers to a blood clot that develops within the blood vessels of the brain itself. Meanwhile, a cerebral embolism is a blood clot that forms in another part of the body before breaking off and traveling to the brain through the bloodstream.
8. Hemorrhagic Stroke
The National Stroke Association states that although hemorrhagic stroke represents only 15% of all strokes, it accounts for around 40% of all deaths due to stroke. In this type of stroke, brain tissue is damaged by bleeding in the brain. This bleeding may be due to leakage from a weak blood vessel or a burst artery. Fragile blood vessels can cause an intracerebral hemorrhage, in which blood vessels break and leak blood into the brain. An aneurysm, or a weak artery that swells with blood, can burst and cause a subarachnoid hemorrhage in the space surrounding the brain.