A stroke is an event in which blood flow to a part of the brain is halted, leading to the death of brain cells. There are two basic types of stroke: ischemic, caused by blockage in artery supplying blood to the brain; and hemorrhagic, caused by the rupture of an artery in the brain. They both can cause serious, long-term disability, or even death. However, if treated quickly, the damage to brain cells caused by a stroke can be minimized. And for many stroke victims, post-stroke therapy can restore speech or mobility problems brought on by the event. Because strokes are so serious, it’s important to control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and know the warning signs of a stroke. Some of the most common include: difficulty speaking or understanding speech, a sudden and severe headache, numbness or paralysis on one side of the face or body, and difficulty with walking or balance. If you are at a high risk of stroke, because of high blood pressure, advanced age or other risk factor, it’s also important that those around you are familiar with stroke symptoms. A suspected stroke should prompt a 911 call. It’s better to let paramedics take you to the hospital rather than drive there yourself or be taken by a friend or relative.

More Stroke

Ask the Doctors: November 2016

 Subscribers OnlyBoth strokes and TIAs (mini-strokes) are caused by an obstruction of blood flow to the brain due to clots or narrowed...

Heart Beat: April 2016

In 2014, the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) issued a report that proposed a systolic blood pressure of 150...