By : Candi Songer & Danielle Harper

What is a Stroke?

A Stroke is caused by a blocked blood vessel or bleeding in the brain. Within minutes brain cells die.

What are the Causes?

-When blood supply is cut off to your brain, a stroke can happen. It can even be a blocked artery or the leaking/bursting of a blood vessel.

-Some people experience only a temporary loss of blood flow to the brain. ( That is a TIA-transient ischemic attack, which only lasts a few minutes.

What are the symptoms?

-If you have trouble with speaking and understanding (words are slurred)

-Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm, or leg

-Trouble with seeing in one or both eyes


-Trouble with walking


-This picture is an example of paralysis of the face, trouble seeing out of one eye and possible words could be slurred.


-Your doctor will have you take some tests so they can determine what type of stroke your having. These tests include: -physical examination, -blood tests, -CT scan, -MRI, -Carotid ultrasound, -cerebral angiogram, -Echocardiogram


-Most strokes can be treated with: Medications, Emergency Procedures, and other procedures. Every person's stroke is different so your treatment team will be different.

How often does it happen?

One in every four people will have a stroke in their entire lifetime.

How can it be prevented?

-Strokes can be prevented by: Lowering your blood pressure( try doing this by eating healthier foods.) Loose weight, exercise, take a baby aspirin, treat atrial fibrillation( which is a form of irregular heartbeat.) Treat diabetes, and quit smoking( if you do smoke.)

What are the risk factors?

-There are two types: controllable and uncontrollable.

-Controllable is: high blood pressure, heart disease, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, blood disorders, high cholesterol, overweight, smoking or tobacco use and excessive alcohol.

-Uncontrollable is: age, gender, race, family history, previous stroke or heart attack, TIA, patent foramen ovale( disorder that forms a hole in your heart.)


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