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What is stroke?
A stroke is an interruption in blood flow to the brain that causes permanent brain injury.
Are there different types of stroke?
There are two main types of stroke: ischemic stroke, which happens when a blood vessel leading to the brain gets blocked, and hemorrhagic stroke, which happens when a blood vessel leading to the brain suddenly bleeds. A transient ischemic attack is a …
What is the FAST test for stroke?
The FAST test is a simple set of early warning signs for stroke that anyone can use to recognize stroke in themselves or in others. FAST is an acronym for: Face (is it droopy, flaccid, especially just on one side? Can the person smile?); Arms (can the …
What are the symptoms of stroke?
Symptoms and effects of stroke can include: sudden weakness on one side of the body; inability to move or lift the arm; sudden paralysis of one side of the body; movement and coordination problems; cognitive problems; sudden, severe headache; dizziness …
Who gets stroke?
While anyone can have a stroke, it is more common in older adults. High blood pressure, smoking, a poor diet and obesity are also major contributors to the risk of stroke.
How is stroke diagnosed?
Stroke is diagnosed by its symptoms and a physical examination. Brain imaging scans are used to identify and locate the stroke.
How is stroke treated?
Immediate treatment for stroke is given at a hospital and concentrates on restoring normal blood flow to the brain. Once the situation has stabilized, rehabilitation can concentrate on regaining normal functions and adjusting to the post-stroke situation.