Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke occurs when blood flow to part of the brain stops. This cuts off the supply of oxygen to the cells in that part of the brain, and these cells begin to die.
There are two main types of stroke:
Damage to the brain can cause loss of speech, vision, or movement in an arm or a leg, depending on the part of the brain that is affected. Balance, swallowing, thinking, and many other important body functions can be changed.
Anybody can have a stroke, but certain factors put you at higher risk. While you can’t change some risk factors, there are many linked to lifestyle, which are under your control.
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|Reviewed By:||Georgina Haden, M.D, AACP, board certified in internal medicine, New York State, Internal Medicine attending, Adult Medicine Department, Urban Health Plan, Bronx, NY. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.|
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