What is a stroke? Know the signs and symptoms.
A stroke (also called CVA)
occurs when a blood vessel located in the brain is blocked or busts. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the proper oxygen and blood it needs. As a result brain cells die. Because stroke is a disease that affects arteries, it is important for a stroke survivor to maintain health to avoid a recurrent stroke. 80% of strokes can be prevented by incorporating healthy lifestyle changes
. Good nutrition, physical activity, following doctors’ orders and controlling risky conditions are recommended to reduce the risk of having a second stroke.
Learn the stroke warning signs
to help you or someone near you know when to call 9-1-1. Knowing the signs can lead to quick treatment and remarkable recovery. It may even save a life!