Stroke

Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States, as well as death.
A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked or a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. Symptoms that someone may be having a stroke are inability to talk, inability to smile, inability raise their arms above their head, sudden weakness of certain parts of the body, dizziness, sight difficulty, and very severe headache without a known cause. If someone has these symptoms, they need to be taken to the hospital as quickly as possible. Time is key in saving a stroke victim’s life.

The National Stroke Association estimates that up to 80% of stroke victims could have prevented their stroke from occurring. Major risk factors for it include smoking, excessive alcohol use, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity; all of these risks are controllable. Unfortunately, genetics, age, and race also have some play in risk, so not all cases are preventable.

The effects of a stroke can be devastating, so it is important to reduce your risk as much as possible. Because a stroke causes death of parts of the brain, certain bodily functions may be lost. Paralysis, memory or vision loss, and speech problems are some of the effects of a stroke. To avoid these permanent impairments, take control of your life and reduce risk factors for stroke!

References:

American Stroke Association

Center of Disease Control and Prevention

National Stroke Association

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