Stroke risk factors may lead to cognitive problems – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Strokes, which affect some 795,000 Americans a year, can cause a host of problems, including effects on memory, speech and language, and everyday problem solving.
Koroshetz: There are a couple of different forms of stroke.
Narrator: Dr. Walter Koroshetz is deputy director at the NIH institute researching the brain and nervous system.
Koroshetz: A way to think about it is two major classes. One is bleeding into the brain and the other one is blockage of blood vessels which cause what we call ischemic strokes.
Narrator: Ischemic strokes are more common, tend to accumulate as people age, and have been associated with cognitive decline in the elderly. For details, visit www.ninds.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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