Stroke Education

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.

Stroke Facts

  • 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:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Age 60 or older

Stroke Warning Signs

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.

More Information
My Life Check: Life's Simple 7 - Health tool provided by American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Related Links
American Stroke Association
Your Disease Risk