Embolic CVA - Learning Issue: Embolic CVA (cerebrovascular...

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Learning Issue: Embolic CVA (cerebrovascular accident) or stroke Definition sudden loss of blood circulation to an area of the brain resulting in corresponding loss of neurologic function caused by an embolism Embolism: produced when a piece of a larger clot breaks off from a mural thrombus in the heart or a more proximal artery and lodges downstream at a point where the diameter of the vessel has decreased in size so that the clot can no longer pass through the arterial lumen Etiology Risk Factors: hypertension atrial fibrillation heart disease smoking hyperlipidemia advanced age sickle cell anemia diabetes mellitus post menopausal hormone therapy abdominal obesity in men and obesity and weight gain in women past history of TIA or CVA Third leading cause of death in the US, leading cause of disability Men are at greater risk than women Symptoms Artery Occluded Clinical Manifestations Internal carotid artery Ipsilateral blindness (variable)
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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