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Stroke Signs and Symptoms

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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