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Stretching and bulging of an arterial wall, usually caused by weakening of the vessel.


Purring or blowing sound caused by blood flowing over the rough surface of one or both carotid arteries.


Aching in the head.

Cerebral Infarction

Death of brain tissue.

Cerebrovascular Accident

Prolonged interruption in the flow of blood through one of the arteries supplying the brain.

Collateral Circulation

Circulation formed by smaller blood vessels branching off from or near larger occluded vessels.


The surgical removal of the atherosclerotic (fatty deposits) plaque lining an artery.

Expressive Aphasia

The neurologic impairment of a person's ability to speak.


A disorder in which the client is only able to see half of the normal visual field.


Paralysis on one side of the body.

Receptive Aphasia

Neurologic impairment of a person's ability to understand spoken and written language.

Transient Ischemic Attack

Sudden, brief fleeting attacks of neurologic impairment caused by a temporary interruption in cerebral blood flow.

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