Stroke, also called a brain attack occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain becomes blocked by a clot or bursts.
- Each year approximately 700,000 people experience a stroke
- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer.
- Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability
Risk Factors for Stroke
Risk factors for stroke include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Age 60 or older
Warning signs of stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness to the face, arm, or leg (especially on only one side of the body)
- Sudden trouble speaking
- Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
- Sudden loss of balance or trouble walking
- Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden, severe headache
If any of the above warning signs occur, call 9-1-1 immediately. A stroke is an emergency.
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