About Stroke and TIA
Experiencing a stroke or TIA (your doctor may have called it a transient ischemic attack or "mini-stroke") can be overwhelming. Afterward, it's not easy to know what to do. If you experienced a stroke, you may be working to recover from its lasting effects. In addition, you may be worried about the future, especially about whether it can happen again. The following information may help you understand what you've just experienced.
What happens during a stroke?
A stroke is caused by a stoppage of blood flow to a section of the brain. Brain cells are starved of the blood and oxygen they need to function. Within minutes, those brain cells begin to die, and the functions they control are lost. A stroke can happen anywhere in the brain. It can be large or small, and it can affect many different functions, from speech to movement to memory.
The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, accounting for about 87% of all strokes. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or other blood vessel, blocking blood flow to the brain.
This type of stroke may be preceded by a TIA (transient ischemic attack or "mini-stroke"). In fact, your risk of having a stroke after a TIA is highest in the first week after having the TIA. With a TIA, the blockage is temporary and most symptoms go away in less than an hour without leaving any permanent damage.
Understanding the risk of another stroke
Once you've had a TIA or stroke caused by a blood clot, you are at an increased risk of a future stroke.
- Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability in the U.S.
- If another stroke occurs, there is up to a 10% chance that it will happen 30 days after the first stroke.
Gender and race matter:
- Women experience approximately 55,000 more strokes each year than men.
- African Americans experience more than twice as many strokes as Caucasians.
- Hispanic or Latino men have a higher risk of stroke than Caucasian men.
Having FDA-approved AGGRENOX as a part of your treatment plan may help reduce the risk of a future stroke. That's because AGGRENOX works by making platelets in the blood less sticky. This means they're less likely to clump together and form a blood clot that can cause a stroke.
During a 24-month clinical study in patients who have had a TIA or stroke due to a blood clot, over 90% of patients on AGGRENOX remained stroke-free (1493 patients out of a total of 1650). And patients taking AGGRENOX twice daily were 22% less likely to have a stroke than patients taking low-dose aspirin (25 mg twice daily) alone.
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