A stroke is the rapidly developing loss of brain functions due to a disturbance of blood supply to the brain, most likely caused by a blockage or leakage of blood.
As a result, the affected area of the brain is unable to function, leading to inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, inability to understand or formulate speech, or an inability to see one side of the visual field. A stroke is a medical emergency and can cause permanent brain damage, complications, and even lead to death. It is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States and Europe and it is the second leading cause of death worldwide. The warning signs of a stroke must not be ignored.
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and unusually fast heartbeat that can cause a blood clot leading to stroke or heart failure. Many people don’t feel any symptoms of atrial fibrillation, which is the most common type of arrhythmia in people, aged 65+. At Manhattan Cardiology, the screening begins with an Electrocardiogram (ECG), a Holter Monitor and an Echocardiogram.
Risk factors for a stroke include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol or Carotid Artery Disease
- Family history of stroke or heart disease
- Recent mini-stroke or stroke
- Atrial fibrillation (“racing” heartbeat)
Depending on which of these pertain to you, Manhattan Cardiology will choose from different screening methods, or series of methods, to identify if you are at high risk for stroke.