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Stroke

STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY



Every 45 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke, the leading cause of disability in adults – especially older adults.

What is a Stroke?

Simply defined, a stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving your brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. There are two types of strokes:

  • Ischemic: The major cause (87 percent) is a blocked brain artery resulting in an insufficient supply of blood to part of the brain.
  • Hemorrhagic: The lesser cause (13 percent) is the rupture of a brain artery bleeding into or around the brain.

It’s estimated that 700,000 people suffer from stroke every year. About 500,000 are first occurrences; 200,000 are repeat strokes.

Getting immediate medical care is critical. It can mean the difference between complete recovery and a lifetime of serious disability. Always dial 9-1-1 for stroke symptoms.

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