What is a Stroke?
Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. It affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die.
- Clots that block an artery cause ischemic strokes. This is the most common type of stroke. Ischemic strokes account for about 80.8% of all strokes.
- Ruptured blood vessels cause hemorrhagic or bleeding strokes.
- When part of the brain dies from lack of blood flow, the part of the body it controls is affected. Strokes can cause paralysis, affect language and vision, and cause other problems.
- Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) are also referred to as “mini strokes”. They usually last just a few minutes and cause no permanent damage.
Know the warning signs of stroke!
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
- Do not wait! Call 911 immediately if you have any symptoms.
Stroke Symptom Awarenss Month
Did you know that stroke is the third cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States?
African Americans have twice the mortality rate from strokes compared with Caucasians.
Few people know the warning signs of stroke, learning them and acting FAST when they occur, could save your life, the life of a loved one or someone in your community.
The goal of the stroke symptom awarenss campaign is to reduce health disparities though increased awareness and strategic collaborations with elected officials, key community leaders and the faith-based community.