Stroke Awareness

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain has been interrupted, depriving the brain cells of oxygen. This results in the death of brain cells which causes various symptoms dependent on that area of the brain that was affected.

Two Types of Stroke

Ischemic Stroke: Occurs when a clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain.

Hemorrhagic Stroke: Occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures.

Have you ever heard the saying “Time is Brain?”

That’s because a stroke is:

  • Usually sudden
  • Can strike at anytime
  • Symptoms can develop quickly, can worsen rapidly and be severe
  • Stroke symptoms must be treated as an emergency

With a stroke, a person may experience various symptoms dependent on what area of the brain the stroke occurred in.

Understanding the signs and symptoms of a stroke is crucial as treatments to potentially limit the disability from a stroke is TIME dependent. The earlier treatments are initiated, the better the potential outcome. Every second counts!