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Overview: Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third-leading cause of death in the United States. But with recent medical advances, doctors are learning more about preventing and treating strokes.
In this Medically Speaking podcast, Dr. John Cole, a stroke specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, discusses the signs of stroke and why it is important to get immediate medical attention. He also explains the concept of stroke as a brain attack as well as risk factors for stroke.
In this interview with Sharon Boston, Dr. Cole also talks about new understanding about the role of rehabilitation and brain plasticity, the idea that the brain may actually be able to create new connections. Dr. Cole is also an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a clinical research scientist at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.
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