Stroke Sourcebook, 3rd Ed.

Health Reference Series

Stroke Sourcebook, 3rd Ed.

Web Price: $85.00

Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States and is also a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, but early recognition of symptoms and prompt medical attention can help patients achieve better outcomes, and some strokes can be prevented through lifestyle changes.

Stroke Sourcebook, 3rd Edition, provides updated information about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of stroke. It describes the different types of stroke, identifies stroke risk factors, and provides information on stroke diagnosis and treatment and post-stroke complications.

The book is organized in the broad subject areas detailed below. Please see the Table of Contents for a more complete understanding of the comprehensive coverage offered in Stroke Sourcebook, 3rd Edition.

Part I: Introduction to Stroke provides information on the symptoms of stroke and its incidence in specific populations, including statistics on stroke in the United States and recent stroke research findings.

Part II: Types of Stroke discusses both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, as well as transient ischemic attacks (mini strokes), and addresses concerns about risk factors for recurrent strokes.

Part III: Stroke Risk Factors and Prevention provides information about conditions that predispose a person to stroke, including atherosclerosis, carotid artery disease, atrial fibrillation, and peripheral artery disease. It also discusses the role that diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, inactivity, stress, smoking, and substance abuse play in stroke risk, and it offers strategies for stroke prevention through lifestyle changes.

Part IV: Diagnosis and Treatment of Stroke offers information about the medical tests used to identify stroke and life-saving stroke treatments such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), angioplasty, stent placement, and carotid endarterectomy.

Part V: Post-Stroke Complications and Rehabilitation discusses the cognitive and physical problems caused by stroke, including brain damage, dementia, and difficulties with speech and communication. It also provides information about post-stroke rehabilitation for physical disabilities.

Part VI: Life after Stroke identifies home modifications that can improve safety and mobility for post-stroke patients; examines skin care, sleep, and sexuality issues often experienced after stroke; and discusses long-term care and support.

Part VII: Additional Help and Information provides a glossary of terms and a directory of relevant organizations.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts


“An encyclopedic handbook on stroke that is written in a language the layperson will understand. … This is one of the most helpful, readable books on stroke. This volume is highly recommended and should be in every medical, hospital, and public library; in addition, every family practitioner should have a copy in his or her office.”

—American Reference Books Annual, 2014

"Well written and much needed basic information about stroke for the general public, patients, and caregivers. … The basic nature of the book is intended to make it an easy read for the general public, but it provides enough detail to be substantive and topics are nicely organized in a way that makes navigating the material effortless."

—Doody's Review Service, Dec '13