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The Impact of Substance Abuse on Strokes

Mary Jane Nguyen

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School: Saint Joseph Academy
Internship Track: Applied Medicine
Year 2018
Mentor: Grace Gunther, RN, BSN
Co-Mentor(s): Kathleen Chambers, MSN, RN, CPN
Department(s): Neurology
Abstract: A stroke happens in two ways; one way is from a hemorrhage, which is when a blood vessel becomes weakened, and another way is when a blood vessel cuts off blood supply and a clot forms. More people are abusing substances that can cause strokes. This research analyzed stroke patients and if they had been abusing substances such as nicotine or alcohol before they had their strokes.