A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a clot
blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the
brain bursts. Stroke can cause death or significant disability, such as
paralysis, speech difficulties, and other problems.
When a stroke happens, it's important to recognize the symptoms,
call 9-1-1, and get to a hospital quickly.
Anyone can have a stroke regardless of age, gender, or race and up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are conditions, behaviors, and heredity factors that can increase your chances:
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Heart disease
• Tobacco use
• Alcohol use
• Not getting enough exercise
• Family history
• Age and gender
• Race and ethnicity
What can you do to prevent a stroke?
Assess your risk at www.stroke.org