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What causes strokes?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 20 years experience
Cause of strokes: Strokes are caused by insufficient blood and oxygen flow to the brain. The common types of stroke are ischemic stroke (when blood flow is impeded) and hemorrhagic stroke (when a broken blood vessel leaks blood into the brain). Most strokes are related to high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes mellitus, high blood cholesterol and atrial fibrillation.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
See below: Any type of disorder which can narrow blood vessel caliber or cause rupture of the vessel: aneurysms, traumatic arterial dissection, hypertension, smoking, high triglycerides, hyper-homocysteinemia, diabetes, arteritis, vasculitis, temporal arteritis, head injury, carotid stenosis, embolism from heart or other distal sources, coagulopathies, anti-phospholipid antibody syndrome, sickle cell anemia,

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