By the way, doctor: What type of doctor should we see after having strokes?

Q. My wife and I both recently suffered mild strokes. Although we are both recovering, we'd like to consult a physician who specializes in the treatment and prevention of strokes. What medical specialty is devoted to this?

A. Strokes are caused by a sudden impairment of the brain's blood supply. The symptoms may include loss of strength or sensations on one side of the body, difficulty understanding speech or speaking, impaired vision, and loss of consciousness. Fortunately, the symptoms often are mild and get better, as in your and your wife's cases. They may even completely resolve over time. And strokes can often be prevented by medications and lifestyle changes.

Ischemic strokes are caused by a blockage in an artery in the brain. About 60% of them are caused by emboli, blood clots that travel to the brain after forming elsewhere, typically in the heart or aorta.

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