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What Is a Stroke? Topic Guide

Stroke Stroke: Stroke is a medical emergency. When a person has a stroke, part of the blood supply to the brain is cut off or greatly decreased. There are two main types of stroke, ischemic and hemorrhagic. Stroke symptoms include dizziness, sudden headache, weakness in an arm or leg on the same side, weakness in the muscles of the face, difficulty speaking, vision problems, and more. Treatment of stroke depends on the type and severity of the stroke suffered.

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colesevelam Colesevelam

Colesevelam is used to treat high cholesterol in adults and children at least 10 years old...learn more »

aspirin and dipyridamole Aspirin And Dipyridamole

Aspirin and dipyridamole is a combination medicine used to reduce the risk of stroke in people who have had blood clots or a "mini-stroke" (also called a tra...learn more »

telmisartan Telmisartan

Telmisartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), sometimes in combination with other blood pressure medications...learn more »

clopidogrel Clopidogrel

Clopidogrel is used to lower your risk of having a stroke, blood clot, or serious heart problem after you've had a heart attack, severe chest pain (angina), ...learn more »

atorvastatin Atorvastatin

Atorvastatin is used together with diet to lower blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), to increase levels of "good" cholestero...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel Ethinyl Estradiol And Desogestrel

Ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary)...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel Ethinyl Estradiol And Levonorgestrel

Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ova...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone Ethinyl Estradiol And Norethindrone

Ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovar...learn more »

simvastatin Simvastatin

Simvastatin is used together with diet to lower blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), to increase levels of "good" cholesterol...learn more »

ramipril Ramipril

Ramipril is an ACE inhibitor that is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering blood pressure may lower your risk of a stroke or heart atta...learn more »

pravastatin Pravastatin

Pravastatin is used together with diet to lower blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), to increase levels of "good" cholesterol...learn more »

nitroglycerin (oral/sublingual) Nitroglycerin (oral/sublingual)

Nitroglycerin is used to treat or prevent attacks of chest pain (angina)...learn more »

dipyridamole Dipyridamole

Dipyridamole helps to prevent platelets in your blood from sticking together and forming a blood clot on or around an artificial heart valve...learn more »

aspirin (oral) Aspirin (oral)

Aspirin is a salicylate (sa-LIS-il-ate). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation...learn more »

warfarin Warfarin

Warfarin is an anticoagulant (blood thinner). Warfarin reduces the formation of blood clots...learn more »