May is Stroke Awareness Month

05 May 2017 9:52 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

What is Stroke?

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the  No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.

Use the letters in "fast" to spot stroke signs and know when to call 9-1-1.

ANYONE CAN HAVE a stroke. EVERYONE SHOULD BE READY.

For more information on prevention or signs of a stroke, contact the American Stroke Association at www.strokeassociation.org


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