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Stroke is a "Brain Attack" and a Medical Emergency. Time is brain.
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A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts, causing the brain to starve. If deprived of oxygen for even a short period of time, the brain nerve cells will start to die. Once the brain cells die from a lack of oxygen, the part of the body that section of the brain controls is affected through paralysis, language, motor skills, or vision.
- Stroke is third leading cause of death in United States, behind high blood pressure and cancer
- Every 45 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke
- Every three minutes someone dies from a stroke
There Are Two Types Of Stroke
Strokes caused by blood clots that block the artery are ischemic (is-KEM-ik) strokes. This is the most common type, accounting for 70-80 percent of all strokes.
When a blood vessel ruptures, it causes a bleeding or hemorrhagic (hem-o-RAJ-ik) stroke. Once the brain cells die from a lack of oxygen, the part of the body controlled by that section of the brain is affected. Strokes can cause paralysis or language, motor skills or vision difficulties.
There Are Also "Mini-Strokes"
There are also "mini-strokes" known as TIA's (transient ischemic attacks). People who have one TIA are likely to have another one. TIAs cause brief stroke symptoms that go away after a few minutes or hours. People often ignore these symptoms, but they are an early warning sign and 35 percent of those who experience a TIA will have a full blown stroke if left untreated. TIAs should be taken as seriously as stroke.
The most common symptoms of stroke are:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm and/or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
- Sudden trouble seeing, including double vision, blurred vision or partial blindness, in one or both eyes.
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe, headache with no known cause.
If you experience any of these symptoms, even if they go away quickly, seek immediate emergency help.
Every minute counts. Although starved of oxygen, brain tissue does not die in the minutes following a stroke. If blocked blood vessels can be opened within three to six hours, the chances of recovery are greatly improved.
- Obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol all increase the risk of stroke. These risk factors can be greatly reduced with healthy lifestyles or medication.
- High blood pressure puts pressure on the arteries, making them more susceptible to rupture and more prone to clot formation, which can block the artery.
- High cholesterol can lead to blockage in the carotid artery that takes blood from the neck to the brain. A piece of this plaque can break off and travel to the brain, causing a stroke.
- Obesity can cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
- Untreated atrial fibrillation causes the hearts upper chamber to beat irregularly, which allows the blood pool and clot. If a clot breaks off and enters the blood stream to the brain, a stroke will occur.
- Sickle cell anemia makes red blood cells less able to carry blood to the bodys tissues and organs, as well as stick to the walls of the blood vessels. These cells can block arteries to the brain, causing a stroke.
- Family history