A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain stops or when a blood vessel bursts. When the brain doesn’t have oxygen, brain cells die, resulting in disability or death.
A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain stops or when a blood vessel bursts. When the brain doesn’t have oxygen, brain cells die, resulting in disability or death. The consequences can range from mild to severe depending on the size and location of the stroke. According to the CDC, a person in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds.
Sudden signs of a stroke
Call 9-1-1- right away if you or someone else has any of these symptoms! If you think someone may be having a stroke, it’s important to remember to act F.A.S.T:
Timely treatment can lower the risk of disability and death from a stroke. According to the CDC, patients who arrive to the hospital within 3 hours of their first symptoms often have less disability 3 months after a stroke than those who received delayed care.
There are several treatment options for stroke. The recommended treatment depends on the cause of the stroke
With any treatment, time is crucial when a stroke is suspected. Every minute counts. You, and those surrounding you, should take quick action.
Understand your risk for having a stroke. Certain things can increase your chances of having a stroke:
Stroke prevention. You can help prevent a stroke by:
Also, reducing high blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, controlling diabetes, taking aspirin, limiting salt intake, reducing alcohol consumption, losing weight, getting tested/treated for A-fib (data source)