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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.


                       

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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
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Tobacco Use
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cardiac Disease

 

Stroke Risk Factors Our Of Your Control: 


  • Age
  • Family History
  • Race
  • Gender

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     

      other symptoms

 

For more information on Stroke please visit the American Stroke Association website.        

 

 

 

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