Educating yourself about stroke can be lifesaving.
Knowing when someone is at risk for stroke, what a stroke is, and the types of stroke can help you be prepared when it’s time to overreact.
Stroke can happen to anyone at any time. There are a number of risk factors for stroke – some that you manage and some that are out of your control.
Uncontrolled risk factors include:
- Age: Stroke can occur at any age; 1 out of 5 people who have a stroke are under 55 and your chance of stroke increases as you get older
- Race: African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders have a higher risk of stroke than people of other races
- Gender: More women have stroke than men and more women die from stroke than from breast cancer every year
- Family history: You are at greater risk if a family member has had a stroke
Manageable risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- Atrial fibrillation (A-fib)
- High cholesterol
- Poor circulation
- Not being active
Obstruction or damage to the arteries in the brain may prevent it from getting blood.
This can cause brain cells to die, inflicting permanent damage. Depending on which part of the brain is damaged, an individual’s ability to speak, see, and move may become impaired. That’s why it is important to act immediately the moment you suspect stroke.
Interested in knowing more? Visit our partner stroke organization.
National Stroke Association
The goal of the National Stroke Association is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by providing education and programs on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and support for all impacted by stroke.