Medical City Las Colinas is a Joint Commission Accredited Primary Stroke Center (PSC). May is American Stroke Month.
- About 795,000 Americans have a stroke every year
- A stroke occurs every 40 seconds.
- Infants and children also experience stroke.
- 80% of strokes can be prevented
- Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death
- It is also a leading cause of adult disability in the United States and the leading preventable cause of disability
- Every 4 minutes, someone dies from a stroke
Learns the signs and symptoms of Stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (usually on one side).
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding others.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden dizziness, trouble walking or loss of coordination.
- Sudden severe headaches with no known cause.
A stroke is a medical emergency. If you experience any of these symptoms; Call 911 and note the time the symptoms started.
Types of Strokes
- Ischemic stroke is caused by a narrowed or blocked blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. This accounts for 87% of all cases.
- Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a weakened vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain tissue. . This accounts for 13% of all cases.
- A TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) also called a mini-stroke.
- It is considered the warning signs of an impending stroke.
o TIA is caused by a clot, the only difference between a stroke and TIA is the blockage is temporary, last for a short time and it causes no permanent injury to the brain.
Modifiable Risk Factors
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Carotid artery disease
- Atrial Fibrillation
- High cholesterol
- Peripheral artery disease
- Heart disease
- Cigarette smoking
- Poor diet
- Physical inactivity
- Sickle cell disease
Non- Modifiable Risk Factors
- Family history of TIA/Stroke
- Prior history of Stroke, TIA or heart attack
Adapted from American Stroke Association; www.strokeassociation.org
For Free Stroke Education for Groups or Organizations; please call 972-969-2740