A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. A stroke is a medical emergency and immediate medical treatment is crucial. Early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications. Always call 911 at the first signs of stroke.
The stats are alarming:
1 American Stroke Association
2 National Stroke Association
Stroke kills nearly 129,000 people every year but up to 80% of strokes can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes and medications. Here are four healthy habits that can dramatically reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke:
There are lots of things that help reduce your risk for heart attack or stroke. The doctors at Mayo Clinic have narrowed the list down to four things you can do to dramatically slash your chances of tying of a heart attack or stroke — watch the video.
Watch for these signs and symptoms if you think you or someone else may be having a stroke. Note when your signs and symptoms begin, because the length of time they have been present may guide your treatment decisions:
Think FAST and do the following:
A stroke is a medical emergency. Getting immediate medical attention after the first signs of a stroke increases the possibility that you may receive clot-dissolving therapies (such as TPA) or other clot-retrieving procedures in time to reduce disability and death resulting from stroke. Always call 911 at the first signs of stroke.
Scott Gunderson is a typical working father of three young children. His days are full of work meetings, play dates, golf games and helping manage his busy family’s calendar. So what makes the Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, man different? He is a stroke survivor and heart valve patient. Watch his video to learn about his care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire: