Knowing a few facts about stroke can help save a life.
A stroke is serious. Knowing a few facts about stroke can not only prove that point, but also help save a life. Keep this information in mind and know what to look for:
FACT: Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States.
FACT: There are three types of strokes. An ischemic stroke is when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain. A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel bursts and prevents blood flow to the brain. A transient ischemic attack, also called a mini stroke, is when a clot temporarily blocks blood flow to the brain.
FACT: The American Stroke Association estimates that approximately 80 percent of all strokes are preventable. You can reduce your stroke risk by not smoking; eating a healthy diet; exercising regularly; and treating high blood pressure and high cholesterol, diabetes and heart conditions.
FACT: When it comes to stroke treatment, minutes matter. Depending on the type of stroke, one of the best treatments must be administered within three hours of the start of stroke symptoms. Signs of stroke can develop suddenly and include numbness or drooping of the face, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg, difficulty speaking and/or walking, vision trouble and headache.
If you believe you or someone else may be suffering a stroke, call 911 immediately. To learn more about stroke, including the services offered at the Medical Center of Lewisville, visit us online or call us at (972) 420-1000.