Stroke, also medically known as a Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA), is a rapidly developing loss of brain function due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain.

The media item covers a generalised overview on stroke, emphasizing on the different types of stokes such as ischemic and hemorrhagic. It goes on to further to describe the causes and effects to of these conditions. The media item is a brief public awareness video as part of a series, called The Answered Patient.

This online health channel is found on the reknowned AnswersTV website (www.answerstv,com), which provides an expert level of advice and information on health management to the public. The aim, being to allow the viewers to "understand,treat, improve, live better" as mentioned in the introductory video of the website.

This particular media item was chosen as it was released from a highly regarded and trusted health information media source, along with personal advice from expert health specialist such as Dr. Gerald Chodak. The video itself served its purpose, providing a very helpful and insightful grasp on the reality of stroke risks and the serious damages it can cause. Animated simulation was used throughout the video to help enhance the audiences' visual understanding of the process of how stroke occurs.
It provided relevant information and was concisely constructed with no unnecessary details elaborated on, which in turn help capture the audiences' attention and expand on their current knowledge of this silent but potentially fatal disease.

Stroke is a relatively common condition with its symptoms often left unnoticed, with it being the third leading cause of death and fewer than one in five people in the USA being able to identify even one stroke symptom. In Australia itself, an estimation of 3,67 million people were affected by stroke, heart and vascular conditions in 2001. It can happen rather suddenly with no trace of a warning, leaving about approximately 266,000 stroke survivors with permanent disabilities, and can often be fatal. With statistical figures such as these standing, we genuinely thought that it would be interesting to research this topic and to spread more awareness on this condition.

Furthermore, we found that many aspects of this topic expand on what we have covered in certain modules of the course such as brain maps and neurotrauma. It highlights what we have studied in terms of how different motor functions of the body are affected, depending which part of the brain corresponding to its brain map, by the blocking or rupture of the blood vessels. Similarly, the video also talks about subarachnoid hemorrhages, where a rupture in the blood vessels occur in the subarachnoid space,such as what was covered in the lecture on neurotrauma in the meninges of the brain.

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