What is a Stroke?

Uniquely, a stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery, or a blood vessel breaks and interrupts blood flow to the brain, causing cells in your brain to die. Furthermore, it can cause difficulties in speech, movement, and memory. In addition, strokes may cause death. According to the CDC, stroke is the 5th leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. Therefore about 795,000 people in the US have a stroke each year.

Risk Factors

Granted this event can happen to anyone, however, there are some risk factors that can increase your risk:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race (African-American and Hispanic, men and women, are at higher risk)
  • Family history
  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • History of transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Sickle Cell disease
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Too much alcohol
  • Tobacco use

1.9 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke – Stroke Awareness Foundation

Possible Prevention of Strokes

Moreover, you may be able to prevent/ lower the chance by:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Physical activity
  • Stop smoking
  • Limit alcohol intake

Furthermore a stroke is an emergency. Do you know the warning signs? Use the F.A.S.T. acronym below. Additionally, we are here to answer any concerns you may have. You can reach us day or night. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.


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