Sci/162 Chronic Disease Risk Assessment Essay

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Associate Level Material Chronic Disease Risk Assessment The Life Resource Center (LRC) is a valuable free tool available to University of Phoenix students. Taking some time to explore its website to discover some of the many topics, resources, and tools available is a great way to find information to enhance and support health and wellness. Complete the following assignment: Take one of the health risk assessments located on the LRC website. After completing the assessment, write a 500- to 750-word summary that includes the following: • Description of the disease • Risk factors for the disease • Lifestyle choices you can make in your life to decrease your modifiable risk factors for this disease A stroke is a condition where a blood clot or ruptured artery or blood vessel interrupts blood flow to an area of the brain. A lack of oxygen and glucose flowing to the brain leads to the death of brain cells and brain damage, often resulting in impairment in speech, movement, and memory. The two main types of stroke include ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. Ischemic stroke accounts for about 75% of all strokes and occurs when a blood clot, or thrombus, forms that blocks blood flow to part of the brain. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel on the brain's surface ruptures and fills the space between the brain and skull with or when an artery in the brain bursts and fills the surrounding tissue with blood. The blood supply to the brain is very important. Brain cells must have a continuous supply of oxygen and other nutrients from the blood in order to function. To meet this demand, blood is pumped continuously from the heart to the brain via several artery groups. Within the brain, these arteries (known as cerebral arteries) branch into smaller and smaller arteries, and eventually into tiny vessels called capillaries.

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