Stroke

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What is stroke?

Cerebrovascular accident refers to the injury to the brain that occurs when flow of blood to brain tissue is interrupted by a clogged or ruptured artery, causing brain tissue to die because of lack of nutrients and oxygen.

Common symptoms reported by people with stroke

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with stroke

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
stroke (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) stroke (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)

Data from patients with stroke, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with stroke

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite itching 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Perceived effectiveness
for stroke (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
stroke (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea drowsy in morning
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2) stroke (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
mood swings
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness tiredness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with stroke, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has stroke on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 8
20s 19
30s 87
40s 174
50s 278
60s 221
70+ 102
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 23
20-29 years 34
30-39 years 55
40-49 years 77
50-59 years 61
60-69 years 31
70+ years 11

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 274
Female 614

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 447
Not Diagnosed 20

These charts show data from stroke patients who have completed their condition history
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