Anyone can have a stroke at ANY age and in ANY physical condition.
What is a stroke and what can you do to prevent having one?
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. There are two main types of stroke:
- An Ischemic Stroke occurs when a clot is obstructing blood flow to the brain.
- Hemorrhagic Stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts or ruptures and prevents blood flow to the brain.
- A TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) is a “mini-stroke” and is caused by a temporary blockage.
According to the American Stroke Association 80% of strokes are preventable. Know your risks and know the signs of a stroke. Have regular check-ups with your doctor and if needed make sure you are staying on top of your treatments. Commit to making healthier choices to keep your heart and brain healthy.
Know the signs and symptoms of stroke. The faster you are able to get medical attention the better and possibly more complete your recovery will be.
To learn more about strokes, risk factors and prevention visit these sites:
- American Stroke Association
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
- Million Hearts