A stroke is essentially an attack on the brain that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel, and interrupts blood flow to an area of the brain. When a stroke occurs, brain cells become damaged or die, which can cause weakness of limbs and even paralysis. Every year, thousands of Americans suffer from stroke or stroke-related symptoms. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the US.  According to the National Stroke Association, however,  about 80% of strokes are preventable.

While they are not totally preventable, certain lifestyle choices can be made to lower the risk of stroke.

  • Know your blood pressure and keep it under control
  • Stop smoking, which can double the risk of having a stroke
  • Limit alcohol use to 2 drinks a day
  • Be aware of your cholesterol levels
  • Practice a exercise and diet regimen

According to the American Heart Association, if you or someone you know are suffering from these symptoms, call 911 or seek a hospital as quickly as possible.

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion , trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance and coordination

While stroke is a serious condition, there are about 7 million stroke survivors living in the United States today. Early detection is key to survival. Understanding the causes and symptoms help to improve chances of survival.




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