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Whats a Stroke?

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John Phillips

on 5 May 2010

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What is a Stroke?
Strokes are the third leading cause of deaths in the United States
Leading cause of all severe, long term disabilities.
Every 45 seconds someone in America has a stroke.
About 700,000 Americans will have a new or recurrent stroke this year and over 163,000 of them will die
There are over 4 million stroke survivors today
Fewer than one in five Americans can identify even one stroke symptom. What is a Stroke?

A stroke is described as a "brain Attack".
A stroke occurs when an artery is blocked by
a blood clot or a blood vessel ruptures preventing
blood from flowing to the brain. When blood flow
is cut off from the brain, brain cells begin to die.
Depending where the blood cells are dying, depends
on what functions are being disrupted. The severity depends on where the stroke occurs and how many brain cells are lost. When brain cells are killed, they may cause you to lose memory, some basic movements and also how you talk. If you have a small or weak stroke you may only feel some numbness in your arm or side of your body. If you have a larger/ more severe stroke you may feel your entire side go numb and could be paralyzed.
Over 2 Million brain cells are killed every minute
that you are having a stroke. A stroke can pretty much happen to just about anyone, doesn’t matter your
Age Race Sex common types of Strokes
2 type is a Ischemic stroke 1 An Ischemic Stroke is when an artery in the brain becomes blocked and stops the flow of blood to the brain. This type of stroke amounts to 87% of all strokes. 2 nd is a Hemorrhagic Stroke A hemorrhagic stroke is when a brain artery ruptures, bleeds into the
surrounding area and compresses brain tissue This kind of stroke amounts to the other 13% of strokes that occur Symptoms of a Stroke: Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg
Confusion or trouble speaking
Trouble seeing
Can’t walk, no coordination
Severe Headache
Knowing and recognizing the common
symptoms is crucial and life saving. If you can
spot a stroke happening in its early
stages before it gets worse , you may
be able to save
someone else’s life or your own. F A S T ace rm peech ime My Neighbor recently ( About 2 Months ago)
had a stroke.He was disagnosed with a
Ischemic Stroke. What can I do to prevent a stroke
from happening to me? Personal History Prevention: Smoking increases your risk for a stroke. In fact it
actually doubles your risk. Quitting smoking can help
decrease your likely hood of a stroke. If you consume a lot of alcohol, that can also
increase your risk of a stroke. Being overweight can increase your risk for a stroke
tremendously and should be controlled. Exercising daily could help lower your risk
(quick 15 min walk) If you have high cholesterol, you should
talk to your doctor on how you can
help lower your cholesterol. Having high
cholesterol can indirectly increase your
risk of a stroke. Having high cholesterol
puts you at high risk of heart disease.
Heart disease is animportant stroke risk
factor Risk Factors out of your Control: Strokes
Preventable. if you’re a male (strokes are more
common in men than women),
If you have diabetes
of course if your family has had a
history of a stroke Gender Age Previous stroke Race
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