May is Stroke Month. Get the Facts.
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Stroke occurs when blood flow is lost to the brain. When blood flow is blocked or lost, localized damage occurs, causing a stroke. This can happen abruptly and suddenly, or quietly with little notice. Stroke symptoms vary depending on the severity and location of the damage, but typically may include:
- Difficulty grasping and using the affected hand
- Difficult with speech and swallowing
- Trouble with balance, walking and movement
- Weakness or partial paralysis, usually on one side of the body
Stroke is the no. 4 cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Approximately 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke which means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. (American Stroke Association)
According to the American Stroke Association, certain risk factors for stroke are hereditary, while others may result from lifestyle choices. Those risk factors resulting from lifestyle or environment can be changed with the help of a healthcare professional.
The warning signs of stroke include sudden:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause
If warning signs occur, immediately call 911.