Stroke

Prevention & Risk

What is a Stroke?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a stroke is "a brain attack that occurs when something blocks blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts."

When this happens part of the brain becomes damaged due to lack of blood flow and can cause brain damage, serious long term disability, and in the worst cases death.

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Contents

Emergency Vehicle and stroke education
 

Signs of a Stroke

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Face

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Arms

Do they struggle to raise both arms?

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Is their speech slurred or strange?

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If you see any of these signs, call 911

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Does the person's face droop?

 
Worried A Stroke Might Happen to You?

Take a Stroke Risk Assessment

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Types of Stroke

Ischemic

Happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. This type of stroke accounts for ~87% of all strokes. (CDC)

Hemorrhagic

Occurs when an artery in the brain ruptures or starts to leak blood causing pressure in the brain cells and damages them. (CDC)

TIA

Often called a "Mini-Stroke", a transient ischemic attack (TIA) is different from the other strokes since blood flow to the brain is only blocked temporarily. However, TIA's are generally a warning sign that a larger stroke is in your future(CDC)

 
 

Lifestyle

Risk Factors 

8/10 Strokes Are Preventable

Living an unhealthy lifestyle can dramatically increase your risk for a stroke. Behaviors like eating an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, smoking, drinking alcohol, being overweight, and stress are the 6 easiest risk factors you can change to dramatically decrease your risk for having a stroke. (CDC)

These 6 modifiable risk factors are also risk factors for increasing your risk of developing other conditions that further increase your risk of having a stroke. 

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Unhealthy Diet

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Being Overweight

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Physical Inactivity

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Excessive Alcohol

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Stress

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Smoking

Condition

Risk Factors

There are some medical conditions that increase your risk of having a stroke. These conditions are linked to the two causes of stroke with are a blood clot and a hemorrhage.  (heartandstroke)

Visit your doctor to manage and monitor these conditions to decrease the risk of these conditions going unmanaged and leading to a stroke.