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American Heart Month-Facts About a Stroke



American Heart Month-February 2013

Facts About a Stroke

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel is either blocked by a clot or bursts - preventing oxygen and nutrients from reaching part of the brain. Cells in this area begin to die and functions controlled by this part of the brain are lost. A stroke can affect memory and emotions as well the ability to walk, talk and/or understand.

 

Lifestyle-related Risk Factors of Stroke:

·          Smoking

·          High cholesterol

·          High blood pressure

·          Diabetes

·          Lack of physical activity

·          Obesity/overweight

 

Stroke Warning Signs:

·          Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially

on one side of the body

·          Confusion

·          Trouble speaking or understanding

·          Trouble seeing in one or both eyes

·          Difficulty walking

·          Dizziness

·          Loss of balance or coordination

·          Severe headache with no known cause

 

Effects of Stroke

The effects of a stroke depend on the location of the damaged site and the extent of brain tissue affected.

 

Damage on the right side of the brain could produce any or all of

the following:

·          Vision problems

·          Quick and inquisitive behavioral style

·          Memory loss

·          Loss of movement and/or control of the left side of the body

 

Damage on the left side of the brain could produce any or all of the

following:

·          Speech/ language problems

·          Perception problems

·          Slow, cautious behavioral style

·          Memory loss

·          Loss of movement and/or control of the right side of the body [ii

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