Stroke

Signs and Symptoms

Stroke, also known as a “brain attack,” is when blood flow to the brain stops. When the brain is denied blood and oxygen, cells die and cause permanent damage. This can happen due to a blood clot present in the arteries leading to the brain (ischemic stroke) or due to a weak blood vessel that bursts open, causing blood to leak into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke).

High blood pressure is the most common risk factor for strokes, followed by diabetes, elevated cholesterol, abnormal heartbeat, family history, increasing age, or those with unhealthy lifestyles.  Treatments are largely preventative and include managing weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels, though quick medical intervention can save the life of someone experiencing a stroke.  

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