Symptoms of a Stroke
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke can either occur when blood flow to your brain is blocked or when blood vessels in your brain break and bleed into your brain.
Your risk of having a stroke drastically increases with age - the odds of having a stroke double for each decade after age 55. While men and women have about the same risk of having a stroke, African Americans have almost twice the risk of having a stroke as whites.
Preventing a Stroke
Like heart attacks, strokes often occur suddenly.
In addition, some conditions increase your risk of stroke. Atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder), sickle cell disease and coronary heart disease can increase your risk of having a stroke. It's important to understand your risk and take steps to manage your health with your doctor.
Stroke Warning Signs
- Blurred vision
- A crushing headache
- Feeling of numbness in the face
- Having trouble speaking
- An inability to follow what people say
If you have any of these signs of a stroke, call for help immediately!