About Stroke

What is stroke?

Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. Approximately 795,000 people in the United States experience a new or recurrent stroke each year. It affects the blood vessels leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and starts to die.

Warning signs of stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. 

  • Face Drooping
  • Arm Weakness
  • Speech Difficulty
  • Time to call 9-1-1!
If you think you or someone you know is having a stroke, act FAST and call 9-1-1! Every second counts!

Preventing Stroke

Approximately 80% of all strokes are preventable. Knowing the risk factors for stroke is essential. Some of the risk factors that can increase your chance of having a stroke are: 

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Physical inactivity 
These risk factors can be changed, treated, or controlled. 

Impact of Stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability. Disabilities resulting from a stroke can differ depending on what part of the brain was affected by the stroke. Such damage can cause paralysis and problems with speaking, thinking, memory and emotional disturbances. 

It is important to begin therapy immediately following a stroke. Rehabilitation following a stroke helps survivors relearn skills that have been lost due to brain damage and is key to recovery after a stroke. 

  • Learn more about the common impairments following a stroke. 

More information

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