What is a stroke and what do I need to know about it?
Stroke is a serious, life-threatening health event caused by the lack of blood supply to the brain. Each year about 800,000 cases of strokes are reported in America alone, making it the fifth leading cause of death. When treating a stroke, time is of the essence. Read what you need to know about it here.
What is a stroke?
A stroke is a serious, life-threatening heart condition caused by a lack of blood supply to the brain. When blood flow to the brain stops, the brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. This can happen when blood vessels bursts or leak and no longer can deliver the blood supply to a part of the brain.
What are the types of stroke?
There are three different types of strokes: ischemic, hemorrhagic, and TIA (transient ischemic attack). Ischemic stroke is the most common stroke and is caused by an obstruction within a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures. The most common reason for this stroke is hypertension – uncontrolled high blood pressure. A TIA, also known as a mini-stroke, is a temporary blockage of the blood supply and if left untreated can develop into a full-blown stroke. A TIA is a serious warning sign for future stroke and should not be ignored.
Can a stroke cause death?
Unfortunately, yes. If left untreated, a stroke can lead to a permanent health problem or even death. It is important that someone suffering a stroke gets immediate medical attention because the faster the blood flow to the brain is restored, the less permanent damage is likely to occur. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
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National Institutes of Health
American Stroke Association