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 or oxygen it needs, so it starts to die.
By knowing the warning signs and risk factors for stroke, you can help yourself or a loved one reduce the risk of having a stroke and suffering severe disability or death.
Learn to recognize a stroke because time lost is brain lost. Call 911 immediately if you experience these warning signs:
Sudden loss of sensation or strength on one side.
Loss of sensation in face or leg.
Difficulty understanding speech.
Loss of vision in one eye.
There are risk factors you can't control, like age and family history. However, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of stroke, including:
Getting plenty of cardiovascular exercise,
Eating a healthy diet low in cholesterol,
And monitoring your blood pressure.
Today there are treatments that can reduce the risk of damage from the most common type of stroke but only if you get help quickly-within 3 hours of your first symptoms. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared. Its very important to take immediate action.
A stroke is a medical emergency- and every second counts. If you or a loved one has even one sign of a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Learn the signs, know the time, live well.