Stroke is the number 5 cause of death in the United States.
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the Unites States.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is interrupted or reduced. When this happens, brain cells begin to die in minutes.
Therefore, a stroke is a medical emergency, and rapid treatment is critical. Acting early can reduce brain damage and medical complications.
The most common sign of stroke is sudden weakness, numbness, or paralysis of the face, one side of the body, arm, or leg.
Other warning signs include:
- Trouble speaking or understanding others
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking or loss of balance
- Sudden and severe headache
Each person may have a different stroke warning sign; it all depends what part of the brain is affected.
RISK FACTORS THAT MAY INCREASE YOUR STROKE RISK
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Previous stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack)
- Age (common in people over 60)
VASCULAR SPECIALY CENTER
Our vascular surgeons are trained in all aspects of diseases affecting the arteries and veins, including the most effective treatments to resolve them. Talk to our doctors if you have any questions or concerns about strokes by calling us at 225-769-4493.