Stroke Care — Primary Stroke Center
What is a stroke?
A stroke is a cardiovascular disease that occurs when an artery becomes blocked by a blood clot. The clot makes it hard for the brain to get the blood and oxygen necessary to function. As a result, brain tissue begins to die, leading to brain damage.
How common is stroke?
According to the American Stroke Association, 700,000 people suffer from stroke each year, with 158,000 dying as a result. This means that stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
What are the different types of stroke?
There are two types of stroke:
How can I recognize the signs of a stroke?
Remember that with a stroke, you have to act F.A.S.T.
F - Facial Drooping
A - Arm Drift
S - Speech
T - Time
Does the face sag on one side?
Does one arm hang down?
Is speech slurred or impaired?
If you detect any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately!
Am I at risk for a stroke?
- I have high blood pressure.
- I have high cholesterol.
- I am diabetic.
- I smoke.
- I have an irregular heartbeat.
- I am overweight.
- I rarely exercise.
- I have a history of stroke in my family.
If three or more of these statements apply to you, you are at high risk for a stroke. As your doctor how you can lower your risk.
How can I reduce my risk for stroke?
Work with your doctor to make changes that will decrease your risk of stroke:
- Know your blood pressure, and lower it if necessary.
- Find out whether you have high cholesterol, and learn to control it.
- If you are diabetic, control your diabetes.
- Find out whether you have an irregular heartbeat.
- Lower your sodium and fat intake.
- Incorporate exercise into your daily life.
- Quit smoking.