Also known as stroke, 78% of patients with acquired brain injury are victims of a cerebrovascular accident. A stroke is a symptom complex caused by a pathological condition of the blood vessels that damage an area of the brain, resulting in various deficits depending on which area of the brain is injured.
Risk factors for stroke include age, family history, ethnic background, and gender. But there are other factors that raise the risk of having a stroke. These factors include:
A stroke usually happens suddenly, causing brain damage within a few minutes, although less frequently, patients may worsen with the passage of hours or even days.
Some stroke prevention strategies recommended by the Sociedad Española de Neurología (Spanish Society of Neurology) involve healthy habits such as following a nutrient-rich healthy, exercising regularly, quitting tobacco use, drinking alcohol in moderation, and controlling high blood pressure regularly.