Making the Head to Heart Connection

With stroke on the rise around the world,
cardiologists are rising to meet the challenge.

Stroke is the second leading cause of death for people over 60 1 

and ranks among the top 10 leading causes of death globally, for all age groups 
2

 


Annual fatalities:

8.76M

Ischemic Heart Disease 2

6.24M

Stroke 2

Stroke is the second leading cause of death globally,
according to the World Health Organization.

8.76M

Ischemic Heart Disease

6.24M

Stroke

 

1 in 6
People

 

Suffer from stroke  3

 

+36% More Young Adults

Ages 30-44 were hospitalized from stroke (from 2003 to 2012)  4

80%

of Strokes are Preventable
according to the World Health Organization. 5

80% of Strokes are preventable,
according to the World Health Organization.

DID YOU KNOW?
What happens in the head, sometimes begins in the heart, which puts cardiologists on the front lines of stroke prevention. 

 

DID YOU KNOW?
What happens in the head, sometimes begins in the heart, which puts cardiologists on the front lines of stroke prevention. 

STROKE CLAIMS A LIFE 6

87% of strokes are caused by blood clots. 7

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That's correct!
Blood clots are the most common culprits.

Strokes are more commonly caused by a clot that blocks blood flow to the brain and starves it of oxygen, causing it to stop functioning. This is known as ischemic stroke (as opposed to hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by a ruptured vessel and internal bleeding).

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You must have bumped your head.

Actually, blood clots are the primary "bad boys" behind stroke. The majority of strokes are ischemic, meaning clots create a blockage and starve the brain of oxygen, causing it to stop functioning. Unlike hemorrhagic stroke that is caused by a ruptured blood vessel. 

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Stroke prevention involves only healthy habits and medication.

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You're right, this statement is FALSE!

In fact, interventional cardiologists can perform a minimally invasive procedure that prevents the formation of blood clots in the heart. 

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Sorry, this statement is FALSE!

Actually, interventional cardiologists can conduct a minimally invasive procedure that reduces the risk of formation of blood clots in the heart... thereby reducing the risk of stroke. 

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Minimally Invasive Stroke Prevention

Every heart has a small, extra pocket of space where blood can pool and stagnate. It's the perfect place for clots to form and it's cause for cardiologists to take action. 

 

In an effort to prevent clot formation, doctors can conduct a minimally invasive procedure to block off this appendage and reduce a patient's risk of stroke.

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