5 Key facts about stroke:

FACT #1: Stroke kills brain cells, it happens when a clot or rupture interrupts blood flow to the brain. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die.

FACT #2: Types of stroke - Ischemic is caused by a clot, Hemorrhagic is caused by a rupture and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or "mini stroke" is caused by a temporary blockage.

FACT #3: About one in four stroke survivors is at risk for another Fortunately, up to 80 percent of second clot-related strokes may be preventable.

FACT #4: Prevention is key. Had a stroke? Create a plan with your doctor to prevent another, which may include managing high blood pressure and discussing aspirin or other medicine. Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

FACT #5: Time lost is brain lost. Learn the FAST warning signs. F- Face Drooping A -Arm Weakness S -Speech Difficulty T- Time to call 911.

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Brain health matters no matter your age. The choices you make today can help you have a healthier brain tomorrow.

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The American Stroke Association recommends following “Life’s Simple 7” to achieve ideal health:

  • Don't smoke
  • Be physically active
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Control cholesterol
  • Control blood pressure
  • Reduce blood sugar

Every stroke is unique, but strokes tend to affect people in common ways.

If a stroke occurs and blood flow can't reach the region that controls a particular body function, that part of the body won't work as it should. If the stroke occurs toward the back of the brain, for instance, it's likely that some disability involving vision will result. The effects of a stroke depend primarily on the location of the obstruction and the extent of brain tissue affected. The effects of a stroke depend on several factors, including the location of the obstruction and how much brain tissue is affected. However, because one side of the brain controls the opposite side of the body, a stroke affecting one side will result in neurological complications on the side of the body it affects.

Did you know?
1 in 4 stroke and heart attack survivors will have another.

Talk to your doctor about a prevention plan that could include:

Take prescribed medications and check with your doctor before making any changes.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

Time is brain.

Don’t let fear of the ER delay calling 911. Don’t die of doubt. The hospital is the safest place to be. Learn more at heart.org/dontdieofdoubt.

Lower your risk to prevent stroke tomorrow.

Important dates in May

5/1-5 - American Stroke Month

5/4 - National Teacher's Day

5/9 - Mother's Day

5/9-5/16 - National Women's Health Week

5/17 - World Hypertension Day

5/31 - Memorial Day

5/31 - World No Tobacco Day