A stroke occurs when the brain’s blood supply is cut off or severely reduced. After several minutes without blood and oxygen, brain cells begin to die.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month and, according to the American Stroke Association, most strokes are preventable. A large percentage of the ones that happen are treatable with the right care, right away.
“There are two main types of stroke,” says Dr. Isaac Mezo, a neurologist with Morris Hospital Neurology Specialists. “The most common is an ischemic stroke, where the blood supply to the brain is cut off, causing brain tissue to die. Less common, but no less scary, is a hemorrhagic stroke, usually due to uncontrolled high blood pressure or an aneurysm, causing bleeding in the brain.”
The symptoms for both types are the same: slurred speech; numbness or tingling in the face, arm, leg, or on one side of the entire body; weakness; or vision loss in one eye. Symptoms will vary from person to person, and can affect just one side, or both sides of the body.
Morris Hospital offers a free, quick and easy-to-complete online stroke risk assessment that can be taken from any mobile device with internet access. Instant results are provided indicating whether a person is at low, moderate or high risk for stroke, along with a comprehensive, 6-page report including important information about reducing stroke risk factors. To take the online stroke risk assessment, go to morrishospital.org/getcheckednow.