Stroke Prevention

Introduction

If you're like most Americans, you plan for your future. When you take a job, you examine its benefit plan. When you buy a home, you consider its location and condition so that your investment is safe. Today, more and more Americans are protecting their most important asset--their health. Are you?

Stroke ranks as the third leading killer in the United States. A stroke can be devastating to individuals and their families, robbing them of their independence. It is the most common cause of adult disability. Each year more than 700,000 Americans have a stroke, with about 160,000 dying from stroke-related causes. Officials at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) are committed to reducing that burden through biomedical research.


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Stroke Prevention - Warning Signs Question: What were the warning signs of a stroke in you or someone you know? Please describe your experience.
Stroke Prevention - Risk Question: Are you or someone you know at risk for having a stroke? What are your worries or concerns?
Stroke Prevention - Treatable Risk Factors Question: If you or a relative are at risk for having a stroke, what health and lifestyle changes have you made?
Stroke prevention

Stroke Treatment

What is the treatment for stroke?

A stroke is a medical emergency and there is now ability to intervene and restore blood supply to the brain of some stroke patients if they present for medical care early enough.

As in many emergencies, the first consideration is the ABCs (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation) to make certain that the patient can breathe and has adequate blood pressure. In severe strokes, especially those that involve the brainstem, the brains ability to control breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate may be lost.

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