What is a Stroke?
This term can mean different things to different people, and many myths exist about stroke. A stroke occurs when an area of the brain is deprived of blood flow. Just as a heart attack is a lack of blood flow to the heart, a stroke is an interruption in blood flow to the brain.
The signs and symptoms of stroke can be similar to other conditions, so the physician will perform diagnostic tests to determine if you are actually having a stroke. A CT scan (computerized tomography) or "CAT scan" is the first step in determining if you have had a stroke and the type of stroke that is occurring.
Stroke is the number four killer of Americans, with a stroke occurring about every minute. Our goal is to educate the public on stroke prevention and help with the recognition of the risk factors and signs and symptoms of stroke. Eating healthy foods, knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy exercise routine will go a long way toward prevention.
For more information, see our stroke education booklet.