What is a stroke?
A stroke, often called a “brain attack” or a CVA (cerebrovascular accident), occurs when blood flow to a specific area in your brain is disrupted or reduced. When this happens, part of your brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, which can cause your brain cells to die.
Read more: The stroke patient journey
What causes a stroke?
A stroke can be caused either by a blocked artery (ischemic stroke) or a leaking or burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke).
How can you prevent a stroke?
Fortunately, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. You can begin by managing your stroke risk factors including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cigarette smoking, atrial fibrillation and lack of physical activity. More than half of all strokes are caused by high blood pressure (hypertension), so this is an especially important factor to manage.
Did you know stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the U.S.?
ARE YOU AT RISK FOR A STROKE?
To learn more about your personal risk for stroke, download and print our Stroke Risk Assessment.