National Stroke Awareness Month, and according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, every 40 seconds, someone
in the U.S. has a stroke.
called a brain attack, a stroke occurs when a blockage stops
the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or
around the brain bursts.
many people think of stroke as a condition that affects only
older adults, strokes occur in people of all ages.
stroke risk does increase as you age, but stroke can happen to
anyone, regardless of age, gender or race," says Dr.
David Miller, medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke
Center on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus.
death rates for stroke are falling, it remains the leading
cause of disability in the U.S., according to the 2015 update
from the American Heart Association, which estimates issues
such as paralysis, speech difficulties, memory issues and
emotional problems are significant in stroke patients.
the signs and symptoms of stroke, and getting emergent medical
attention is critical, since some of the treatments are time
sensitive," Dr. Miller says.
to advances in technology and medicine, we now have new
treatments and therapies to treat stroke and reduce one’s
risk of permanent damage — or death. But, the faster we can
accurately diagnose a stroke and begin treatment, the better
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
symptoms typically occur suddenly and affect one side of the
body. The most common signs of stroke include:
Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
Difficulty speaking or understanding
of balance or coordination
Double or blurry vision, or sudden blindness in one eye
Severe or unusual headache
recognize one or any of these signs and symptoms, call 911.
Stroke is a medical emergency.