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Strokes happen when blood flow to a specific brain area is obstructed or when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. Also referred to as a 'brain attack', strokes can result in brain impairment, prolonged disability, or, in severe cases, death.

There are two main types of strokes:

  • Ischemic Stroke: Caused by blood clots or particles blocking brain blood vessels, often due to plaque buildup.

  • Hemorrhagic Stroke: Results from a leaking or ruptured artery, putting excessive pressure on brain cells.

There are also ‘mini-strokes’ called Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). They are caused by a brief blockage of blood flow to the brain, acting as a warning sign for future strokes. TIAs demand immediate attention as they are medical emergencies, just like major strokes.

What signs indicate a stroke in both men and women?

  • Rapid numbness or weakness on one side of the face, arm, or leg.

  • Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking, or trouble understanding speech.

  • Abrupt vision problems in one or both eyes.

  • Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination issues.

  • Sudden, intense headache with an unknown cause.

If you suspect someone might be experiencing a stroke, act quickly by using theF.A.S.T. method.

Elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and diabetes are primary contributors to strokes. One in three U.S. adults possesses at least one of these risk factors. Familiarize yourself with stroke risks, warning signs, and symptoms to take prompt action. Rapid emergency treatment significantly enhances the chances of survival.

After a stroke, the Ogden Clinic Neurocare team can help decide if the person is ready to return to work or other daily activities. They can also help identify affected brain areas and create a personalized rehab plan based on neuropsychological testing and assessments.

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