​A stroke, or brain attack, occurs when a blood vessel inside the brain becomes clogged or bursts. This causes an interruption of blood flow to that area of the brain. If the blood flow is not restored, brain cells die. When brain cells die, abilities which that area of the brain once controlled are lost.
 
Warning Signs:
 
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Stroke is a true emergency. If you suspect you or someone you know is having a stroke, call 9-1-1. Every minute could be the difference between life and death.
 
How to Reduce Your Risk:
 
  • Keep tabs on your blood pressure
  • Stop Smoking
  • Be physically active
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Watch your weight
  • Have regular checkups
  • Control your cholesterol.
To learn more about strokes, visit the American Stroke Association's website.