A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain cells is blocked. This "brain attack" can cut off vital blood and oxygen to the cells that control everything we do – from walking and talking, to eating and even breathing. Most strokes occur when arteries are blocked by blood clots or the gradual build-up of arterial plaque. Sometimes strokes can be caused by an artery rupturing when a weak spot on the vessel wall breaks.
A stroke can kill two million brain cells a minute, and the area of the brain injured by the stroke dies. This makes early treatment the best strategy to beat a stroke. By recognizing the warning signs and being admitted to a center that is certified in advanced primary stroke care, such as Metro Health Hospital, medications may be administered to dissolve the clot and treatments can be provided to minimize the damage caused by the stroke. Thankfully many strokes can be prevented and new emergency treatments can help halt brain damage to minimize the potential for long term disability, if immediate attention is given.
A stroke is an emergency! Every minute counts!
If you or someone you know is having a stroke, call 9-1-1. The earlier treatment is given, the more effective it can be.