A stroke is a potentially life-threatening event in which parts of the brain are deprived of oxygen. The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, which involves a blockage of blood (usually in the form of a blood clot) that supplies oxygen to the brain. The other main type of stroke is a hemorrhagic stroke, which involves bleeding in or around the brain.
Five Warning Signs of Stroke
If you notice one or more of these signs, don't wait. Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1. Get to your nearest Hospital Emergency Department right away. These are signs to watch out for:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Stroke Risk Factors Include:
- Natural Processes
- Lifestyle or Environment
You can't change factors related to heredity or natural processes, but those resulting from lifestyle or environment can be modified with the help of a health care professional.
For More Information
Learn more about the warning signs and symptoms of stroke.
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