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Strokes: Education, Warning Signs and Prevention

Education

A stroke occurs when brain cells suddenly die due to a lack of oxygen. A rupture of an artery that feeds the brain or a blockage in the blood flow are the most common causes of strokes. The victim may suddenly lose the ability to speak or recall memories and/or become paralyzed on one side their body.  While some fully recover, however, about 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability as a result of the stroke.

Here are some statistics about strokes:

Warning Signs

Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Recognizing symptoms and acting FAST (see below) can save a life and limit disabilities.

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Prevention

Obviously, as with other afflictions and conditions, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the first step to avoiding a stroke. Excessive drinking, smoking, and obesity increases your risk of a stroke. Use the guidelines below to keep an eye on your stroke risk factor.