Medical City Las Colinas is a Joint Commission Accredited Primary Stroke Center (PSC). May is American Stroke Month.

Stroke statistics

  • 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

  • Age
  • Family history of TIA/Stroke
  • Race
  • Gender                                                                                                
  • 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