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cnugent76 posted:
What is the difference between a Cerebral Vascular Accident and a Stroke?
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Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
In brief, they are the same. CVA or Cerebrovascular Accident is a term that has been around a long time. It comes out of the fact that strokes involve the "cerebrovascular system." That means blood vessels in the brain and those in the neck that go to the brain.

But, they are no accident. They occur, in most cases, for known reasons. I think we are better off using the term "stroke" because we can then focus on prevention.

After all that- they are the same.

Good Luck
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
 
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cnugent76 replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
And it can cause a blood vessel in the brain to rupture all of a sudden??????
 
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Richard C Senelick, MD replied to cnugent76's response:
The rupture of a blood vessel in the brain causes an intracerebral hemorrhage or blood clot in the brain. It is usually the result of high blood pressure and it falls in the category of cerebrovascular disease .
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.


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