Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. It is also a leading cause of disability in the U.S.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. This occurrence prevents the brain from receiving necessary oxygen and nutrients to function properly. A stroke is a medical emergency that can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability or even death.
While you cannot control some stroke risk factors, like your age and family history, there are other factors that you CAN control, such as:
Work with your primary care doctor to improve the risk factors you can change. It’s never too late to better your health.
While you address the stroke risk factors that you can control, remain vigilant about recognizing the signs of a stroke in yourself and others. Remember to “BE FAST.” (See the top of this page.) If you suspect someone of having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. Seconds matter during a stroke.