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.
According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States which leads to the following statistics:
- 700,000 victims
- More than 150,000 deaths
- On average a stroke occurs every 45 seconds.
- On average someone dies of stroke every 3 to 4 minutes .
- Of every 5 deaths from stroke, 2 occur in men and 3 in women.
- Americans will pay about $62.7 billion in 2007 for stroke-related medical costs and disability.
Stroke Risk Factors Within Your Control:
- High blood pressure
- Poor Diet
- Physical Inactivity
- High cholesterol
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Tobacco Use
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Cardiac Disease
Stroke Risk Factors Our Of Your Control:
- Family History
As you can see many stroke risk factors are beyond your control. No matter how careful you are about your health, it is wise to have a HealthSmart preventative stroke screening!
Stroke Warning Signs
Oftentimes there are no warning signs for a stroke. Even when the following symptoms appear they are not always obvious making a HealthSmart preventative stroke screening in your best interest!
- Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
- Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye
- Loss of speech, trouble talking or understanding what others are saying
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
- Unexplained dizziness, unstable walking or falling, especially along with any of the
For more information on Stroke please visit the American Stroke Association website.