What is a stroke?
In simple terms, a stroke is disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It leads to parts of your brain being cut off from blood supply. It maybe due a blockage as a result of a clot or due to bursting of a blood vessel. Nearly 2 million brain cells die each minute a stroke remains untreated.
Rapid access to medical treatment oftentimes make the difference between full recovery and permanent disability.
What you need to know about a stroke…
- Stroke is not age dependent
- About 80% of strokes are preventable
The signs of a stroke can be identified F.A.S.T.
- Face drooping,
- Arm weakness,
- Speech difficulty,
- Time to call 911 if someone is having a stroke
The American Heart Association suggests the following to prevent a stroke:
- Manage blood pressure
- Control cholesterol
- Reduce blood sugar
- Get active
- Eat better
- Lose weight
- Stop smoking
Sources: sophe.org and American heart association