A stroke is the sudden loss of blood to parts of your brain.
A stoke is a medical emergency. You need to call 911 or get to the nearest hospital as soon as possible, but don't drive yourself.
Vivekananda A. Gonugunta, M.D., a Marshfield Clinic endovascular neurosurgeon,
discusses a new treatment that provides more time to treat strokes.
You can suffer a stroke at any age, however there are
risk factors that increase the chances.
Marshfield Clinic Stroke Specialists recommend you learn
F.A.S.T. as the easiest way to remember stroke symptoms:
F - Face drooping. One side of your face is droops or is numb. The smile is uneven.
A - Arm weakness. One arm is weak or numb. Lift both arms at the same time, one arm may drift downward.
S - Speech difficulty. Your speech may seem slurred or you may have difficulty speaking. You may not be able to repeat a simple sentence correctly when asked.
T - Time to call 911. If you have any of these symptoms call 911 right away. Call even if the symptom goes away. Make note of the time the symptoms first appeared.
Time is critical to stroke care.
The longer your brain is without blood flow, the more damage is done.
two types of stroke:
Ischemic stroke is the most common and happens when a clot blocks a major blood vessel in the brain. Plaque can also block the vessel.
Hemorrhagic stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.
Below is some more information on strokes and the care they require.