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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.

There are 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.

 Stroke Video

How Much Do You Know About Stroke?

Stroke is a leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA). The ASA reports that strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Find out more about stroke by taking this quiz, based on information from the AHA and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

1. What is another name for a stroke?
2. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel to the brain.
3. Which of these is a symptom of stroke?
4. Which of these lifestyle factors plays the biggest role in increasing the risk for stroke in younger adults?
5. If a person has an ischemic stroke, how quickly should the person be treated to minimize long-term problems?
6. Which type of medicine is given to help prevent a stroke?
7. Which of these may be a long-term problem after a stroke?