Strokes, What Is That All About

Check out the National Stroke Association at: www.stroke.org

If you or a loved one has the signs of a stroke, you should have someone,  call 911 immediately.

What are the signs of a stroke?-numbness, weakness or loss of vision, trouble speaking, loss of balance or coordination, trouble swallowing or chewing, speech is distorted, trouble remembering, feeling of loss of movement in arm or leg, and/or  trouble learning new tasks.

A stroke is a brain attack. One half of a million people suffer a stroke each year. A stroke is our nation’s third leading killer and the #1 cause of adult disability.

There are different types of strokes. Some people get a blood clot in the brain (cerebral thrombosis), a blood bleed (aneurysm) or some call it a hemorrhage. There is also a cerebral embolism that starts in the heart or neck. Bleeding or hemorrhagic strokes have a higher death rate.

Could you be at risk for a stroke? These are risk factors: high blood pressure (140/90), atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat), smoking, high cholesterol (240 or more), diabetes, not exercising, poor diet and being overweight, and/or a history of strokes in a family.