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After being faced with a number of choices for my Chronic Disease assessment I chose the infamous Stroke. Having a very close and personal relationship with the disease made my choice easy. One of my best friends growing up and the Best Man at my wedding Nick, His mother Debbie had a stroke 5 years ago. Being that I have grown up with this woman and seeing how strong willed and stubborn she was at times makes the reality more prevalent than I would have ever known. This disease has taken Debbie’s freedom from her. This stroke made her dependent on someone for the rest of her life. She can no longer perform simple tasks that we as humans take for granted every day. When in the presence of such a debilitating disease the respect for said disease grows tremendously. The best way to understand a stroke is to compare it to a heart attack, but it is like a brain attack. There are several different types of Stroke. Two forms are caused by blood clots, embolic stroke and thrombotic stroke. Embolic stroke is when a blood clot forms somewhere in the body (usually the heart.) and travels through the bloodstream to the brain. Once in the brain, the clot will eventually travel to a blood vessel small enough to block its passage. The clot lodges there, blocking the vessel and causing a stroke. The medical word for this type of clot is Embolic. Thrombotic stroke is the second type of blood clot stroke. The blood flow is impaired because of a blockage to one or more of the arteries supplying blood to the brain. This process leading to the blockage is known as thrombosis. Another type of stroke is the hemorrhagic stroke which is caused by the breakage or “blow-out” of a blood vessel in the brain. The medical word for this type of breakage is hemorrhage. Hemorrhages can be caused by a…...

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