A Stroke and Receiving Social Security Disability BenefitsYour brain is the center of your nervous system. Your brain monitors and regulates your bodys actions and reactions. It continuously receives sensory information. Your brain rapidly analyzes this data and then responds by controlling your bodily actions and functions. In order for your brain to function like it should, it requires a constant supply of blood from which it receives the glucose and oxygen that it needs. A stroke is when the supply of blood to a part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced. A stroke is also referred to in other ways. It is also referred to as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), brain attack, cerebrovascular disease, cerebral hemorrhage, ischemic stroke, stroke- ischemic and CVA. There are two main types of stroke. They are ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. Ischemic stroke is the most common, accounting for about 80 to 90% of all strokes. Hemorrhagic stroke accounts for the other 10 to 20% of strokes. There are two common types of ischemic stroke. They are thrombotic stroke and embolic stroke. There are also two types of hemorrhagic stroke. They are intracerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage. A TIA (transient ischemic attack) is sometimes referred to as a ministroke. It is a brief episode in which you experience signs and symptoms that are similar to what you would have in a full-blown stroke. It should be thought of as a warning that you may be in danger of having a major stroke. Somewhere around 600,000 strokes occur in the United States each year. Around 150,000 of these strokes are fatal, making stroke the third leading cause of death in the United States and the number one cause of disability. The incidence of stroke is the same for men and women. However, women are more likely to die from stroke than men. Ischemic stroke occurs more often in people over the age of 65, while hemorrhagic stroke occurs more frequently in people of a younger age. There are some signs and symptoms that may be an indication of a stroke. These include:
- Having difficulty seeing with one or both of your eyes
- A sudden, severe headache
- Difficulty walking
- Numbness or paralysis on one side of your face or body
- Problems with talking or understanding.