According to the American Stroke Association, Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. There is a person suffering from a stroke approximately every 45 seconds and a death occurs from a stroke every 3 to 4 minutes. Treatment for a stroke is available, but knowing the warning signs and quick action are essential.

What is a Stroke? A stroke happens when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. This will cause a lack of oxygen and blood flow, causing that part of the brain to "die".

Risk Factors: Anyone, at any age, can be at risk for a stroke. However, there are some risk factors that can be controlled through lifestyle changes, such as: High blood pressure, High Cholesterol, Diabetes, Obesity, and Alcohol/Tobacco use. Age, race and family history also play a role in a person's chances of suffering from a stroke.

Effects of Stroke: The effects of a stroke can vary greatly, depending on the severity of the stroke and the part of the brain that was affected. Commons effects are: Paralysis, Weakness, Vision Disturbances, Problems using language, and Cognitive problems.

 




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