Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital May 31, 2016
Each year, stroke impacts approximately 750,000 to 800,000 individuals in the United States. A leading cause of disability, many stroke survivors are left with significant speech, motor, and memory difficulties. More than half can’t return to work. For American Stroke Month, we’ve gathered our blog posts about stroke prevention, recognition, and treatment.
Though you can’t change risk factors such as age, gender, and family history, you can reduce your risk of stroke. Pay attention to health measures (such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index), eat healthy foods, and develop healthy lifestyle habits (such as exercising regularly for 30 minutes or more each day). Learn more about reducing risk of stroke.
When it comes to stroke, think FAST. The acronym FAST (face, arms, speech, and time) is a quick way to determine if someone is having a stroke. Difficulty smiling, lifting both arms, and repeating a simple phrase are warning signs of stroke. If you observe these symptoms in someone, note the time and call 911 immediately. Learn more about the symptoms of stroke.
In this video, Dr. Ali Aziz-Sultan presents the two major types of stroke – ischemic stroke, caused by a blood clot in the brain, and hemorrhagic stroke, caused by bleeding in the brain (the result of a ruptured aneurysm). In addition, he discusses the newest catheter-based stroke treatments for both conditions. Learn more about stroke treatment.
Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that causes the upper chambers of the heart to beat in a rapid, irregular pattern. Seeking AFib treatment is important because AFib can lead to an increased risk of stroke or heart failure. Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of AFib.